George Santos Out Only If He Broke Campaign Finance Laws

( Newly-sworn-in Republican Representative George Santos has already faced a ton of calls to resign from his post, less than one month into his freshman campaign in Congress.

This comes after it was discovered that Santos lied about many details on his resume as well as his life story. Many of the people who have called Santos to resign come from his own party, including the New York GOP where he comes from in Long Island.

To this point, though, Republican leaders in the House have refused to demand that Santos resign from his post, only saying that he should do so if serious violations are found to be true.

Over the weekend, Republican Representative James Comer of Kentucky appeared on the “State of the Union” program on CNN and said Santos would only be removed from his position in Congress if it was discovered that he broke campaign finance laws.

During his appearance on the show, Comer, who is the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said of Santos:

“He’s a bad guy. It’s not up to me or any other member of Congress to determine whether he can be kicked out for lying. Now, if he broke campaign finance laws, then he will be removed from Congress.”

While Comer certainly didn’t call for Santos to resign, he did have some harsh words for him, describing him as a “bad guy.” That’s not the resounding vote of confidence that the freshman representative might have wanted to get from one of the leaders of his party.

Those words followed in line with what House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said recently, when he decided that Santos’ future would be left to voters and the House Ethics Committee.

Many Republican officials have demanded that Santos resign. Many of those people have come from the district that Santos represents, which includes Long Island and Queens in New York.

Six of his Republican representatives from his home state have even said that they believe Santos should step down. Yet, Santos to this point has said he will not do so, as he didn’t commit any crimes.

The New York Times recently issued a report that McCarthy; Representative Elise Stefanik, who serves as the GOP conference chair; and Dan Conston, the head of the Congressional Leadership Fund, all knew that Santos had fabricated his resume before the midterm elections in November.

In response to that report, Democratic Representative Dan Goldman sent a letter to those three urging them to cooperate with any ethics investigations into Santos. As he wrote:

“It is one thing for a candidate such as Mr. Santos to induce voters to support him based on a web of lies. But, it is altogether something else if the top levels of Republican leadership knew about Mr. Santos’ lies during the campaign and chose to be complicit.

The offices of McCarthy and Stefanik, as well as the Congressional Leadership Fund, didn’t respond to requests for comments about the situation.