Among other things, U.S. Rep.-elect George Santos of New York is under investigation by Long Island prosecutors.
On Wednesday info surfaced that the now-embattled Republican lied about practically EVERYTHING as he campaigned in New York for the U.S. Congress.
Nassau County District Attorney Anne T. Donnelly (a Republican) said,
The residents of Nassau County and other parts of the third district must have an honest and accountable representative in Congress.
If a crime was committed in this county, we will prosecute it.”
In a Twitter post Wednesday, Santos said he does not plan to step down,
In Congress, I look forward to working alongside them to fully utilize this amazing resource we have in our own backyard in #NY03.”
The amount of lies he’s been caught in would be comical, if he wasn’t set to enter Congress. So far, the Republican has lied about;
- having Jewish ancestry
- a Wall Street pedigree
- his college degree
- past evictions
- owing thousands in back rent
- possible fraud in Brazil
- his sexual preference?
- and even the date and manner of his own mother’s death
In 2021, five months after posting that his mother died in the attack on the WTC, he posted
December 23rd this year marks 5 years I lost my best friend and mentor …
Mom you will live forever in my heart.”
So, his mother died twice? On 9/11 AND in again 2016..?
He admitted to lying about working for Citigroup and Goldman Sachs, and getting a degree in finance and economics from Baruch College in New York.
The New York Times uncovered records in Brazil that also show Santos was also the subject of a criminal investigation in 2008 over allegations that he used stolen checks to buy items at a clothing shop. Santos would have been 19 at the time.
Santos denies that he’s being sought by authorities in South America.
Santos said his grandparents
fled Jewish persecution in Ukraine, settled in Belgium, and again fled persecution during WWII.”
And during his campaign, he referred to himself as
a proud American Jew.”
After the lie was uncovered, he later told the NY Post,
I am Catholic. Because I learned my maternal family had a Jewish background I said I was ‘Jew-ish.'”
Santos is the first non-incumbent “gay” Republican elected to the House, but the Daily Beast has reported that Santos was married to the woman up until five years ago.
I dated women in the past. I married a woman. It’s personal stuff.
I’m very much gay.”
He said that he accepted his sexuality and that people change,
I’m one of those people who change.”
Given all the other lies, who knows where he lands, but it stands to reason that at this point no group wants to claim him.
Of all people, Marjorie Taylor Green has come to his defense and says that “the left doesn’t care about lying” and people just hate Santos because he’s gay.
In an interview on Fox News Tuesday night, former Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (in for Tucker Carlson) blasted Santos,
You don’t really seem to be taking this seriously.
You’ve apologized, you’ve said you’ve made mistakes, but you’ve outright lied.
A lie is not an embellishment on a resume.”
Look, I agree with what you’re saying.
We can debate my resume and how I worked with firms such as…”
Is it debatable? Or is it just false?”
No, it’s not false at all. It’s debatable.”
Sounds like the definition of “false” (and just about everything that comes out of his mouth) is debatable.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised several red flags about the Republican’s record — but also accepted some of his assertions, including his educational record, as fact.
According to NPR,
The 87-page dossier sought to tie him to the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and his support for baseless claims of widespread fraud in the 2020 presidential election. The report also sought to depict him as a far-right candidate.
But buried within its report, the DCCC had raised issues about his shaky financial standing and multiple evictions that left him thousands of dollars in debt.
Federal campaign records show that he loaned his campaign more than $700,000, but the source of that money has yet to be explained.
Robert Zimmerman, his Democratic opponent, tried to raise Santos’ misrepresentations during his losing campaign but didn’t get much attention at the time. Zimmerman has now said Santos is unfit for office and called for him to step aside so a special election can be held.
A fellow Long Island Republican, Rep.-elect Nick LaLota said,
I believe a full investigation by the House Ethics Committee and, if necessary, law enforcement, is required.”
He lost his first race for Congress in 2020.
Santos is scheduled to be sworn in next Tuesday, when the U.S. House reconvenes. If he assumes office, he could face investigations by the House Committee on Ethics and DOJ.