WASHINGTON – Rep. George Santos, RN.Y., said Tuesday that he plans to recuse himself from his committee assignments until his ongoing ethics issues are resolved.

Santos, who has admitted to lying about much of his background and has faced numerous calls to resign from Congress, was given seats on the House Small Business and Science committees. He shared his decision during a closed-door meeting Tuesday morning with the House Republican Conference, two lawmakers in the room said.

A Santos spokesperson confirmed his decision to NBC News.

«It has been reserved for viewing until both the campaign and personal financial investigations have been cleared up,» the spokesman said.

The embattled congressman met with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., on Monday night.

The GOP Steering Committee, which is led by McCarthy and distributes committee appropriations, voted earlier this month to give Santos seats on the panels, which are two of the lowest-profile on Capitol Hill.

Members of both parties expressed concern about Santos’ access to classified information through his work on the committees. At the same time, all legislators can regularly participate in classified briefings, such as those provided by administration officials.

In a survey published on Tuesday Newsday and the University of Siena71% of voters in the Santos district said McCarthy should not have seated Santos on the two committees and 78% said they believed he should resign from Congress.

Last week, McCarthy said that while he supports Santos, the freshman congressman will be removed from office if the House Ethics Committee determines he violated the law.

Santos has faced intense scrutiny after The New York Times published a bombshell research in December stating that much of his resume appeared to have been fabricated, including claims that he owned numerous properties, had previously been an employee of Goldman Sachs and Citigroup and had graduated from Baruch College. He has also lied about how his mother was at the World Trade Center during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Santos is also under investigation by the Nassau County district attorney and federal prosecutors in New York. Law enforcement sources have said federal authorities are looking into his finances, including possible irregularities related to financial disclosures and loans he made to his campaign. The state attorney general’s office has also said it is «investigating a number of matters» related to Santos.

The congressman has repeatedly said that he plans to explain the inconsistencies, but has not followed through on those promises.