Despite acknowledging Santos as "insane and a pathological liar," Ramaswamy argued that the decision to remove Santos from his position was premature and inappropriate.
Ramaswamy contended that the fate of Santos's congressional tenure should have been determined by the electorate in the forthcoming election or by his congressional peers, but only following a criminal conviction.
He emphasized that the decision to serve should be left to the voters, and the determination of criminality should be left to the courts.
In a statement posted on X, Ramaswamy expressed his concern over the implications of Santos's expulsion, stating it "sets an awful precedent for the future" and "opens a Pandora’s Box that will surely be exploited the next time MTG [Marjorie Taylor Greene] or Matt Gaetz or whoever else in either party pokes the uniparty bear."
Ramaswamy further elaborated on his stance in a video message, stating, "This George Santos guy has some serious problems, and I'd live a good life if I never met the guy. Probably most of us would. But I think it's wrong that he was expelled without putting it to the voters or without running it through the court process."
He asserted that the judicial system is responsible for determining guilt and that Santos's indictment should have been allowed to run its course. He pointed out that the only two individuals expelled from Congress since the Civil War were both convicted in a court of law before their expulsion.
Ramaswamy also highlighted the importance of elections in determining who serves in Congress, stating, "It's this thing we call elections in our country." He argued that if a member of Congress is to be expelled outside of the electoral process, it should be due to a court of law finding them guilty.
Ramaswamy drew attention to the case of Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., who was indicted in September for allegedly accepting bribes as part of a corruption scheme to benefit the Egyptian government. He warned, "Now that they can use this for George Santos, they can use this for anybody."
Ramaswamy reiterated his belief that the decision to expel a member of Congress should be left to the voters and the courts, not to fellow congressmen. He stated, "Not to a bunch of fellow congressmen to overrule – to override – the Democratic will of the people. And that may not be a popular position right now, but I think it's important that somebody speak the truth, not just when it's easy, but when it's hard."
Following Santos's expulsion, Sen. John Fetterman, D-Pa, renewed his call for the Senate to vote to expel Menendez, deeming the allegations against the New Jersey senator "more sinister" than those against Santos.
Santos's fabrications about his Jewish ancestry, college attendance, and Wall Street career were first exposed by the New York Times in December 2022. Despite calls for his resignation, Santos refused to step down. In May, he was indicted for various alleged fraud schemes, including receiving COVID-19 unemployment benefits and misappropriating campaign contributions.
Despite surviving the first two expulsion attempts, Santos was eventually voted out of Congress following a damning House ethics report.
The report found that Santos "used campaign funds for personal purposes" and "engaged in fraudulent conduct," among other allegations. Following his expulsion, Santos announced he would not seek re-election.