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New York Representative-elect Santos under investigation for false claims



U.S. Representative-elect George Santos of New York was investigated by Long Island prosecutors on Wednesday, following revelations that the now-struggling Republican lied about the legacy, study and his professional pedigree when he campaigned.

Despite growing doubts about his ability to hold federal office, Santos shows no signs of giving up — even as he openly admits to a long list of lies.

Nassau County District Attorney Anne T. Donnelly, a Republican, said the fabrications and contradictions were “nothing surprising.”

“Residents of Nassau County and other parts of the third county must have an honest and responsible representation in Conference,” she said. “If a crime has been committed in this county, we will prosecute it.”

Santos’ campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.

He is expected to be sworn in next Tuesday, when WE House summons again. If he takes office, he could face investigations by the House Ethics Committees and the Justice Department.

Santos hinted that he has no plans to step down in a Twitter post Wednesday about a visit to the American Merchant Marine Academy earlier in the day.

“At Congress, I look forward to working with them to fully utilize this wonderful resource we have in our own backyard in #NY03,” the tweet read.

The Republican has admitted to lying about having Jewish ancestry, a Wall Street pedigree and a college degree, but he has yet to address other lingering questions – including the bloc’s origins. The property appears to be accumulating quickly despite recent financial problems, including evictions and thousands of rent debt.

Long Island Republican, Representative-elect Nick Lalota, said he was alarmed by the revelations.

“I believe a full investigation by the House Ethics Committee and, if necessary, law enforcement, is needed,” Lalota said Tuesday.

The New York The attorney general’s office has said it is looking into the issues that have come to light.

“We are looking into the matter,” said a spokesman for the Nassau DA County office, Brendan Brosh. The scope of the investigation was not immediately clear.

Other Republicans have accused Santos but have not asked him to step aside.

Joseph G. Cairo, chairman of the Republican Committee of Nassau District, 3rd Congressional District, said: “Congressman-elect George Santos broke public trust by making serious legal errors. his background, experience and education, among other matters.

More questions arose after The New York Times examined the story Santos, 34, presented to voters during his successful campaign for a suburban constituency. the northern coast of Long Island and parts of Queens.

The Times discovered records in Brazil that showed Santos was the subject of a criminal investigation there in 2008 over allegations that he used stolen checks to make purchases at a store. clothes in the city of Niteroi.

At that time, Santos was only 19 years old. The Times quoted local prosecutors as saying that the case was unresolved because Santos never appeared in court.

Santos continues to deny that he is being sought by authorities in South America.

Democrats attacked, calling Santos a mass myth and demanding that he voluntarily refuse to take office.

In an interview with the New York Post earlier this week, Santos apologized for his fabrications but considered them “sin” for embellishing his résumé, adding that ” we do stupid things in life”.

He admitted to lying about working for Citigroup and Goldman Sachs, and earned a degree in finance and economics from Baruch University in New York.

In addition to his résumé, Santos fabricated a life story that is also in question, including claims that his grandparents “fleeed Jewish persecution in Ukraine, settling in Belgium and once again fleeing persecution during the Second World War.”

During his campaign, he called himself “a proud Jewish American”.

He retracted that statement, saying he never intended to claim Jewish heritage, which would likely increase his appeal to important ranks of Jewish voters. of his district.

“I am Catholic,” he told the Post. “Because I knew my maternal family was of Jewish origin, I said I was ‘Jew’.”

In a statement on Tuesday, the Republican Jewish Coalition rejected Santos.

“He lied to us and misrepresented his legacy. In public comments and with us personally, he previously claimed to be Jewish,” the union said. “He will not be welcome at any future RJC events.”

On Tuesday night on Fox News, Santos was harshly questioned by former Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard, who was sitting in for Tucker Carlson.

“It doesn’t seem like you really take this seriously,” she told him.

“You apologized, you said you made a mistake, but you completely lied. A lie is not a resume embellishment,” she said.

“Look, I agree with what you are saying,” Santos replied. “We can argue about my resume and how I work with companies like –”

“Is it controversial?” Gabbard interjected. “Or is it just fake?”

“No, it’s not wrong at all,” he said. “It’s debatable.”

Santos lost his first race to Congress in 2020 but successfully ran for re-election this year.

In opposition research on Santos, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee offered some warning signs of Republican achievement – but also accepted some of his assertions, including his His academic record, is true.

The 87-page dossier seeks to tie him to the January 6 uprising on the US Capitol and his support for baseless claims of widespread fraud in the presidential election. 2020.

The report also sought to portray him as a far-right candidate. But buried in his report, the DCCC brought up the problems of his unstable financial situation and multiple evictions that left him thousands of dollars in debt.

Federal campaign records show he lent his campaign more than $700,000, but the source of that money has not been explained.

His Democratic opponent, Robert Zimmerman, also tried to heighten Santos’ disinformation during his failing election campaign, but that didn’t get much attention.

Zimmerman has said that Santos is unfit for office and has called for his resignation so that a special election can be held.

(AP)

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