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George Santos escapes expulsion from House of Representatives

Embattled Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., escaped being expelled from the House of Representatives Wednesday night after a group of his fellow New York Republicans spearheaded an effort to boot him.

The final vote fell 213-179 against expelling Santos, with 19 lawmakers voting “present.” Expelling a member of the House, something that is historically rare, requires a vote of two-thirds of all members present. 

Two dozen Republicans voted to expel Santos, while 31 Democrats voted to keep him in the House.

“There’s more Democrats in this body that believe in the rule of law than there are Republicans. That’s what you should know,” Santos told reporters after the vote.

Santos was the only member of Congress to speak in his defense during debate ahead of the resolution.

The scandal-plagued Republican was charged with conspiracy, wire fraud, making false statements, falsification of records, aggravated identity theft and credit card fraud last month. He faces a total of 23 charges.

Elizabeth Elkind is a reporter for Fox News Digital focused on Congress as well as the intersection of Artificial Intelligence and politics. Previous digital bylines seen at Daily Mail and CBS News.

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