Santos Steps Down From House Committees Assignments

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    The Facts

    • A spokesperson for US Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.) confirmed on Tuesday that he has decided to step down from his House committee assignments to prevent from being a "distraction" amid investigations into his finances and other issues.

    • Santos, who was set to serve on the Small Business and Science Committees, reportedly expressed his choice at a closed-door GOP gathering on Tuesday and privately to House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) a day earlier.

    The Spin

    Republican narrative

    Even though casting Santos aside could have made it easier to punish Adam Schiff, Eric Swalwell, and Ilhan Omar, Speaker McCarthy remained professional in his neutral stance on the Santos saga. But now that the New York representative has decided to step down, the GOP has the moral high ground to hold the three Democrat representatives accountable and strip their assignments.

    Democratic narrative

    This was likely part of a compromise among House Republicans to persuade those resisting to boot Ilhan Omar from her assignment on the Foreign Affairs Committee. Though the GOP may successfully limit its exposure to claims of hypocrisy, there is still a chance that this indicates another damaging story about Santos is about to break.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 71% chance that Republicans will win control of the US House of Representatives in 2024, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

    Political split



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