Comer says Santos wanted 'to be in the center of the limelight' at State of the Union

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House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., thought it was distasteful for Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., to assertion a coveted spot connected the aisle astatine the State of the Union code Tuesday night.

After Biden's code concluded, Comer appeared connected NBC News and was asked astir Santos' confrontation with Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, who had told the arguable congressman helium did not beryllium determination and "ought to beryllium embarrassed." Comer suggested Santos was attention-seeking and said his beingness astatine the State of the Union code was "questionable" successful the archetypal place. 

"Certainly the information that helium showed up to the State of the Union was questionable, but sitting connected the aisle to wherever helium could get attention?" Comer said, appearing incredulous. 

"You recovered that to beryllium distasteful?" NBC big Chuck Todd asked, and Comer nodded his caput affirmatively arsenic helium continued speaking. 

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"The information that helium was wanting to beryllium successful the halfway of the limelight, it conscionable makes nary sense," Comer said.

Santos, who has admitted to lying astir his acquisition and enactment past and is accused of galore different fabrications, had a tense speech with Romney Tuesday night. As the Utah legislator was walking down the halfway aisle connected the mode to his seat, helium made oculus interaction with Santos and spoke with him briefly. 

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"You don’t beryllium here," Romney appeared to say, with aggregate C-SPAN cameras catching their conversation. 

"You ought to beryllium embarrassed," a stern Romney continued, prompting a little speech of words betwixt the 2 lawmakers.

Romney appeared to telephone Santos an "a--" earlier turning away, and Santos changeable back, "You're a bigger one." 

After the State of the Union code concluded, Romney called Santos a "sick puppy." 

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"He’s a sick puppy, helium shouldn’t person been there," Romney told NBC News newsman Frank Thorp.

"Given the information that he’s nether morals probe helium should beryllium sitting successful the backmost enactment and being quiescent alternatively of parading successful beforehand of the president," Romney added. 

Comer acknowledged that Santos is facing a House Ethics investigation for imaginable run concern violations and said Santos had "crossed the line, obviously," by lying to voters.

"Right now, he’s nether an morals investigation, he’s nether a run concern usurpation investigation, truthful evidently helium deserves owed process," Comer told NBC News. "But you know, he’s crossed the enactment evidently and helium surely doesn’t talk for the Republican Party and we’re precise disappointed successful Santos."

Fox News' Lawrence Richard contributed to this report.

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