Rep. George Santos tells GOP colleagues he won’t serve on House committees pending investigations

Washington, DC — New York Republican Representative George Santos informed his Republican colleagues in a closed-door meeting on Tuesday that he will recuse himself from serving on House committees amid ongoing scrutiny of his background and questions about his future in Congress.

House Republican leaders assigned Santos to the House Small Business Committee and the Science, Space, and Technology Committee earlier this month. The New York Republican said in a statement that “ongoing attention” from investigations into his personal and campaign finances prompted his request to be temporarily recused from the panels.

“This was a decision that I take very seriously. The business of the 118th Congress must continue without media fanfare,” Santos said. “It is important that I primarily focus on serving the constituents of New York’s Third Congressional District and providing federal level representation without distraction.”