Speaker Johnson Has ‘Reservations’ About Santos Ouster

House Speaker Mike Johnson on Wednesday said he had “reservations” about setting a new precedent by expelling Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., before a conviction despite some “infractions” against House rules.

“What we’ve said as the leadership team is we’re going to allow people to vote their conscience. I think it’s the only appropriate thing we can do. We’ve not whipped the vote and we wouldn’t. I trust that people will make that decision thoughtfully and in good faith,” Johnson told reporters.

“I personally have real reservations about doing this, I’m concerned about a precedent that may be set for that. So, everybody’s working through that, and we’ll see how they vote tomorrow.”

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