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WASHINGTON — Embattled Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., was expelled from Congress on Friday, making him the sixth House lawmaker in history to be ousted from his post.
The House Ethics Committee released a scathing report earlier this month that alleged Santos “blatantly stole from his own campaign,” deceived donors into making payments for his own benefit and violated federal criminal laws. Some of the items he misused his campaign funds on allegedly include Botox and a honeymoon in Vegas.
Despite Santos' dismissal of the report, which he described as an attempt to smear him and force him out of his seat, the House voted 311-114 in a bipartisan fashion to oust Santos.
Though Santos is out of his job, he isn't alone in his predicament. Here's a look at the five House members who have been expelled throughout American history.
Civil War expulsions
Three members of the House were expelled in 1861 for their disloyalty to the union as the nation faced the Civil War: John Bullock Clark and John William Reid of Missouri and Henry Cornelius Burnett of Kentucky.
Clark served as the brigadier general of Missouri Confederate state troops. Reid served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War as volunteer aide to General Sterling Price. Burnett served as a colonel in the Kentucky infantry in the Confederate Army.
Rep. Michael “Ozzie” Myers ousted after Abscam operation
Rep. Michael “Ozzie” Myers, D-Pa., was ousted from the House in 1980 by an overwhelming vote of 370-30. The move came after he was caught taking bribes in the Abscam sting operation.
The operation consisted of FBI officials posing as Middle Eastern businessmen and offering money to government officials in exchange for political favors, according to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. The goal of the mission was to trap corrupt public officials.
Myers was convicted of bribery and conspiracy for taking $50,000 from an undercover agent. He was also sentenced to 30 months in prison last year for election fraud after he pleaded guilty to charges tied to fraudulently stuffing ballot boxes for Democrats.
Rep. James Traficant removed over corruption
Traficant was expelled from Congress in 2002 by a vote of 420-1 following his conviction by a federal jury on 10 corruption-related counts, including bribery, racketeering and tax evasion charges, according to the Associated Press.
Among other accusations, prosecutors alleged he used his office to extract bribes from businesspeople and forced staffers to work on his farm and his house boat on the Potomac River in Washington. After he was expelled, Traficant ran as an independent candidate for another House term while incarcerated.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Who was expelled from Congress? George Santos and 5 others