Republican Congressman George Santos has been arrested and charged with 13 different criminal counts, including wire fraud, money laundering, theft of public funds, and making materially false statements to the House of Representatives. Santos has a history of lies and fabrications and has been accused of violating campaign finance laws, federal conflict of interest laws, and stealing cash meant for an Iraq war veteran's dog. He was arrested in Melville on Long Island and taken to a courthouse in central Islip. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has said he will look at the charges before determining whether Santos should be removed from Congress. There are two stories here, one of the charges and alleged wrongdoing and the other of how Republicans respond to it. Ever since it became clear Santos lied his way into Congress, people have wondered whether McCarthy and Republican House leadership would hold him accountable. Now that his wrongdoing has reached a possibly criminal level, there may finally be an willingness to oust him from Congress.
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