The House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted Wednesday night to reject an expulsion resolution against embattled Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.), who is facing more than 20 federal fraud-related charges and tweeted Wednesday he would “not beg” for his constitutional rights.
The resolution, which needed support from two-thirds of members to pass the House, received 213 votes against it and 179 votes for it.
Twenty-four Republicans voted in favor of expulsion, breaking with the majority of the party, while 31 Democrats broke with most of their colleagues to vote against expulsion.
Nineteen House members voted “present” for the resolution, which would have made Santos the sixth member of Congress to be expelled from the House if it had passed.
The resolution was introduced by Rep. Anthony D’Esposito (R-N.Y.) under a “privileged” resolution that required Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) to bring the measure straight to a vote on the floor.
Santos has pleaded not guilty to the 23 charges against him, all of which he will fight while keeping his position in office, as he has repeatedly resisted calls to resign and instead said he’ll run for reelection in 2024 He was first indicted in May on 13 counts including fraud and money laundering and was later hit with 10 additional felony charges last month, alleging he stole donors’ identities and used their credit cards to make unauthorized transfers to his campaign, bank account and other candidates’ campaigns.
“We all have rights under this great Constitutional Republic and I’ll fight for our right to uphold them till my last dying breath,” Santos said in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, following the vote.