(The Hill) — Republican New York Rep. George Santos is stepping down from his committee assignments, he told House GOP colleagues on Tuesday during a conference meeting.
Santos had faced a whirlwind of criticism over numerous fabrications and misrepresentations of his resume and personal history, as well as questions about his personal and campaign finances.
Republican Rep. Don Bacon of Nebraska said that Santos informed the Conference he would recuse himself from committees “temporarily” until “things get settled.”
“And then he asked that we all support him when everything settles down for him to serve on committees,” Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia told reporters after the meeting.
The House GOP Steering Committee, the panel of Republican leaders who assign committees, had assigned Santos to the Small Business Committee and the Science, Space, and Technology Committee earlier this month.
Santos’s move comes after he reportedly met with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy of California on Monday.
Greene said Santos also colleagues he was recusing himself amid the controversy surrounding him, and as the Republican leadership works to shore up support to block Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota from the Foreign Affairs Committee, which has drawn some opposition within the conference.
Some Democrats have pointed to Santos being seated on committees as a point of criticism for the effort against Omar.
“Just all the controversy surrounding him and then while we’re working to remove Ilhan Omar from Foreign Affairs,” Greene said.