Congressman-Elect George Santos (RN.
Important reasons: House Republicans are in a very tough spot as new revelations about Santos’ widespread deception allegations continue to mount.
- House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R, Calif.), who is likely to need Santos’ vote, ignored questions about Santos when he stepped onto the House floor on Thursday.
News promotion: New York Attorney General Letitia James is investigating “some of the issues raised about Santos,” her office told Axios.
what he says: “To the people of [New York’s 3rd District] I have a story to tell and it will be told next week,” Santos said. murmured on thursday. “I want to assure you that I will answer your questions.”
- “I remain committed to delivering the results of my campaigns. Public safety, inflation, education, etc. Happy holidays everyone!”
This is the first time Santos has addressed the allegations directly after days of trust. statement His lawyers call them “defamatory” and “shotgun attacks.”
background: The New York Times released a shocking report this week questioning many of Santos’ campaign biography claims and detailing potential legal and ethical concerns.
- The Times reported that Santos lied about his employment and education, residence, and the loss of four employees in the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting. reportedly charged with check fraud in Brazil.
- A report the next day raised further questions. Independent Jewish news outlet The Forward reported that Santos, who claims to be Jewish, lied about his grandparents escaping the Holocaust.
- On Thursday, the Daily Beast reported that Santos, who is openly gay, had finalized his divorce from the woman two weeks before he began his 2020 congressional campaign.
Big picture: Republicans are not complicit in Santos, but Democrats are increasingly calling for an investigation into him.
- Santos’s colleague, Democrat Dan Goldman, has launched a Justice Department inquiry into Santos’ legal troubles in Brazil and whether he lied in his Federal Election Commission filings. I asked.
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