Actually, the inspiration for this article wasn’t Santos himself, but actually Traitor Tot. And here’s why. Thanks to Trump’s big mouth in public about the E Jean Carroll lawsuit, the judge in the case took the unusual step of unsealing Trump’s deposition testimony, making it public. Usually we have to wait for it to be used in open court.
The ensuing results were hilarious. Traitor Tot kept insisting that he barely knew Carroll, and that Carroll wasn’t attractive enough to snag his eye and garner his attention. Yet when Carroll’s lawyer showed a picture of him and Carroll together taken quite a while ago, Trump repeatedly insisted that Carroll was his 2nd wife, Marla Maples. Trump’s own lawyer had to shut him up and correct him.
Here’s what ties it together. Santos is under investigation in several local, state, and federal probes. But information and evidence uncovered in investigations, as well as in the grand jury are normally kept secret until such time as charges are filed. And trying to unravel the kitten’s ball of yarn that is Santos’s fraudulent life could take a while. So Santos is here to stay for the time being.
But Santos has another quasi legal problem on his hands. Thanks to Democratic freshman congressman Danny Goldman, Santos is now the subject of an official House Ethics Committee investigation. Normally the House Ethics Committee is one of the more functional, bipartisan committees. It’s made up of an equal number of members, so any decisive ruling requires bipartisanship. And the members normally have the reputation of the House foremost, as opposed to politics. But with an amoral douche nozzle like McCarthy with the gavel, that could be fixed.
If. Every day that goes on, McCarthy is getting more and more heat from his caucus. Now he has some of his own backers bitching about botched committee assignments and Chairs, while McCarthy pays off markers from his dirty backroom double dealing. And with every new day comes yet another Santos revelation. He’s already getting grief from some moderate members for carrying Santos’s water and giving him committee assignments. And with some 120+ abti LGBTQ and transgender youth GOP bills floating around in various state legislatures, I wouldn’t be surprised if Kreepy Kevin starts getting some heavy duty shit from hard core MAGAts over the drag queen exposure. Which is why Santos is fighting it so hard.
The House Ethics investigation will consist of two parts. First Santos will have to fill out a detailed questionnaire, which will then be followed up by an in person interview in front of the committee. And right off of the top, it will be made crystal clear that any lying or misrepresentations on either for questionnaire or interview can result in perjury charges.
And that could be McCarthy’s off ramp with his problem child if he wants to take it. McCarthy already has moderates pissed off at him over Santos, and he’s likely to soon find some hard core MAGATs screaming like howler monkeys. And if he doesn’t watch his step, any one of them could call for a vote of no confidence.
Look, Santos has spent the last 15 years slinging more bullshit than a manure spreader. The committee will do their own digging, and then have written statements and an oral interview to compare. You really think that Santos can successfully navigate that legal River Styx? And if McCarthy whispers the right word in the right ear, he can almost certainly get at least a sanction of removal from his committee assignments, if not a recommendation for a vote of expulsion.
McCarthy is boned sideways no matter what he does. No man can serve two masters. McCarthy can’t give away el rancho to the MAGA crowd, and keep the respect of the moderates who supported him from the start. If he lets the Ethics committee pull Santos’s committee assignments, he loses Santos as a reliable vote anyway. Santos will snub him just for spite. So what’s worse about rolling the dice in a special election in the district? And if he can’t pull off enough combined GOP support to oust Santos, he can always pull a classic spineless McCarthy dick move and cut a deal with the Democrats for their help. In return for, Oh, I don’t know, say a clean debt ceiling increase bill? He may as well, There’s no way in hell that McCarthy is going to still be Speaker by August or September. Personally, I’ll be surprised if he survives Easter. Don’t touch that dial.