Oversight Chair James Comer labels George Santos a ‘bad guy’

New Oversight Chairman James Comer labels Republican liar George Santos a ‘bad guy’ after other GOP lawmakers urged reservations on jumping to judgements

  • Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer said George Santos is a ‘bad guy’ 
  • Stopped short of joining his seven colleagues calling for Santos’ resignation 
  • Santos lied about his biography when running for Congress
  • He is under investigation into potentially breaching campaign finance laws 
  • Rep. Chris Stewart called the freshman representative a ‘goofball’

James Comer said George Santos is a ‘buy guy’, but stopped short of calling for him to step down from Congress – as the list of GOP members calling for the freshman representative’s resignation grows to seven.

The new Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee said that Rep. Santos will be removed from Congress if it is found that he violated campaign finance laws, but not for lying about his credentials during the 2022 campaign.

Meanwhile, Representative Chris Stewart had some much less harsh words for the congressman, calling him a ‘goofball.’

Santos, among several other lies, fibbed about where he went to school, his family’s heritage and his career background – claiming he had a job with Goldman Sachs. None of these lies came out until after he was elected in the midterms to be the new representative for New York’s 3rd congressional district, which he flipped red.

‘Look, he’s a bad guy,’ Rep. Comer told CNN’s State of the Union host Jake Tapper on Sunday morning. ‘This is something that, you know, it’s really bad.’

House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer said Sunday that George Santos is a 'bad guy' but stopped short of calling for his resignation

House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer said Sunday that George Santos is a ‘bad guy’ but stopped short of calling for his resignation

Santos lied about his biography when running for Congress and is now under investigation into potentially breaching campaign finance laws related to the origin of $700,000 he gave to his campaign

Santos lied about his biography when running for Congress and is now under investigation into potentially breaching campaign finance laws related to the origin of $700,000 he gave to his campaign

‘He’s not the first politician, unfortunately, to make it to Congress to lie,’ he continued. ‘You know, Elizabeth Warren wasn’t truthful about her ethnicity – and I can go on and on.’

Comer is reference Senator Elizabeth Warren repeatedly touting her Native American heritage, including as a way to get into law school, but finding out in a DNA test that she was only 1/1024th American Indian, which is less than the average American.

The oversight chairman, who hasn’t even spoken with Santos yet, said he wouldn’t join the chorus of his fellow GOP lawmakers calling for his resignation just weeks after being sworn-in.

‘George Santos was duly elected by the people,’ Comer said. ‘He’s going to be under strict ethics investigation.

‘So I think that Santos is being examined thoroughly,’ he added. ‘It’s his decision whether or not he should resign, it’s not my decision. But certainly, I don’t approve of how he made his way to Congress.’ 

Rep. Christ Stewart had a less hard-line approach to Santos, saying on Sunday: 'It's pretty hard not to conclude he's a bit of a goofball.' He said he would resign if he were in the same situation

Rep. Christ Stewart had a less hard-line approach to Santos, saying on Sunday: ‘It’s pretty hard not to conclude he’s a bit of a goofball.’ He said he would resign if he were in the same situation

‘I haven’t even introduced myself to him because, you know, it’s pretty despicable the lies that he told. But at the end of the day, it’s not up to me or any other member of Congress to determine whether he can be kicked out for lying.’

States cannot recall an elected member of the U.S. Congress, meaning if he does not resign or get booted, Santos will remain in Congress until the 2024 elections where voters could have the chance to fire him by electing a different candidate.

Utah Rep. Stewart said Sunday that if he were in Santos’ situation, he would resign – and claimed that he also hasn’t yet spoken with the freshman congressman.

‘It’s pretty hard not to conclude he’s a bit of a goofball,’ Stewart told CBS host Margaret Brenner on her Face the Nation broadcast on Sunday. ‘He clearly lied to his constituents. It’s going to be very, very difficult for him to gain the trust of his colleagues.’

‘If I were in that situation, I don’t know how I could continue to serve and I suppose he needs to ask that same question,’ he added.

Meanwhile, far-right Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida is calling for his colleagues to reserve placing judgement on Santos.

The New York representative admitted to lying about at least some parts of his biography and is under federal and local investigations related to his campaign finances.

Gaetz said lawmakers should wait to see how it plays out rather than shunning the lawmaker and immediately jumping to calls for his resignation.

Rep. Matt Gaetz said lawmakers should not shun Santos and should save their judgement for after investigations conclude

Rep. Matt Gaetz said lawmakers should not shun Santos and should save their judgement for after investigations conclude

‘George Santos will have to go through the congressional ethics process,’ Gaetz told CNN on Saturday. ‘I don’t want to prejudge that process, but I think he deserves the chance to at least make his case. There are requirements members of Congress have to meet when it comes to the money that they donate to their own campaigns.’

‘But until then, I don’t think that George Santos should be subject to shunning because the Americans he serves deserve representation, and they have real challenges, and we ought to work together to solve their challenges and meet their needs,’ he added.

Gaetz interviewed Santos Thursday on Steve Bannon’s War Room podcast where the New York Republican refused to answer several questions related to the lies he’s told – and wouldn’t divulge the source of the $700,000 he gave his campaign to earn his Long Island seat.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has also stood by Santos – but also admits that the freshman as ‘a long way to go to earn trust’ of members and his constituents. The new top House member said he would not call for Santos’ resignation at this time. 

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