(SNews) – House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said he will remove embattled Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.) from Congress if the House Ethics Committee determines that he broke the law.

McCarthy said: “If for some way when we go through Ethics and he has broken the law, then we will remove him. The American public in his district voted for him. He has a responsibility to uphold what they voted for, to work and have their voice here, but at any time, if it rises to a legal level, we will deal with it then.”

But McCarthy said for now Santos is safe because the people in his district voted for him. Kevin said: “You know why I’m standing by him? Because his constituents voted for him.

“I do not have the power, simply because I disagree with somebody on what they have said, that I will remove them from elected office.

“Now I will hold him to the same standard I hold anyone else elected to Congress,” he added.

Santos was caught lying about darn near everything after he was elected. And he came clean to The New York Post:

Long Island Rep.-elect George Santos came clean to The Post on Monday, admitting that he lied on the campaign trail about his education and work experience — but insisting that the controversy won’t deter him from serving out his two-year term in Congress.

“I am not a criminal,” Santos said at one point during his exclusive interview. “This [controversy]will not deter me from having good legislative success. I will be effective. I will be good.”

Santos’ professional biography was called into question earlier this month after the New York Times reported that he misrepresented a number of claims, including where he attended college and his alleged employment history with high-profile Wall Street firms.

“My sins here are embellishing my resume. I’m sorry,” Santos said Monday.