This announcement comes in the wake of Santos' expulsion from office on Friday.
The individuals targeted by Santos' impending complaints include Representatives Nicole Malliotakis (R-N.Y.), Mike Lawler (R-N.Y.), Nick LaLota (R-N.Y.), and Rob Menendez (D-N.J.). Santos alleges these individuals have committed campaign finance violations and other ethical breaches. The former congressman has stated that he will officially file these complaints on Monday.
Santos' own expulsion was spearheaded by New York Republicans, following accusations of campaign finance violations, deceitful practices with donors, and fraud. The former representative is currently facing 23 criminal charges, including wire fraud, identity theft, and theft of public funds. However, he has yet to stand trial.
In his posts, Santos outlined the nature of his complaints against each representative. He claims that Malliotakis has engaged in suspicious stock trading since her appointment to the Ways and Means committee. "Let’s talk about hypocrisy. Can someone ask Nicole MalioStockTips when did she become a savant in stock trading?” Santos posted on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter. He further questioned the source of information Malliotakis was using for her trades.
Lawler, according to Santos, is alleged to have channeled campaign expenses through a company in which he holds a stake. Santos questioned whether Lawler was laundering money from his campaign into his own pocket, stating that he would leave the Office of Congressional Ethics to judge the matter.
Santos' complaint against LaLota centers on allegations that the congressman was absent from his local board of elections job while attending law school. Santos questioned whether LaLota had misused public funds, stating that he would leave the Office of Congressional Ethics to determine the validity of this serious allegation.
Santos also called for an investigation into Menendez's relationship with his father, Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), who faces multiple federal charges in a bribery scheme. While Santos did not accuse the younger Menendez of misconduct, he suggested that the Ethics Committee should investigate what Menendez knew about his father's alleged activities.
These accusations follow a heated exchange on the floor of Congress between Santos and Representative Max Miller (R-Ohio), during which Santos labeled Miller a "woman-beater" after being called a "crook" by Miller. Miller has been accused of domestic violence by former White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham, with whom he was previously in a relationship.
Santos' expulsion from office was the result of an Ethics Committee investigation. The committee's damning report swayed members who had previously voted against his expulsion, detailing extensive allegations of misconduct.
Prior to the vote, Santos warned that his expulsion could set a dangerous precedent for the expulsion of other members facing misconduct allegations.