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The federal criminal charges against Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.) divided House Republicans on Wednesday, with party leaders signaling no additional immediate action would be taken against him and many of his GOP colleagues from New York re-upping their animated calls for his resignation.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told reporters that he would not support Santos for reelection next year, saying, “I think he has other things to focus on in his life.”
But McCarthy suggested he would wait to see if the House Ethics Committee determines whether Santos broke the law before deciding on whether to call on him to resign.
Speaking at an earlier news conference, House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.) noted that Santos previously stepped down from his committee assignments amid the months-long outcry over fabrications in his biography. Scalise did not respond directly to a reporter’s question about whether the freshman lawmaker should now resign.
This article was written by John Wagner and originally published on www.washingtonpost.com