Syosset, New York — Federal and county prosecutors are investigating George Santos, who was elected to the House of Representatives after a Long Island Republican lied on his resume.
CBS News has confirmed that federal prosecutors are investigating Santos’ finances, and the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office is investigating his admitted fabrications about his past.
Santos may have to explain himself in court from defending his reputation on Fox News.
Prosecutors at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York filed a financial disclosure application after Santos himself publicly admitted to lying about his resume, background and other information, according to CBS News sources. said it was investigating his finances, including
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Fellow Republican Nassau County DA Ann Donnelly, who is also investigating the matter, said Wednesday:
“The multitude of fabrications and inconsistencies associated with the incoming Santos Congressman is simply astonishing. Residents of Nassau County and the rest of District 3 must have honest and accountable representatives in Congress. No one is above the law and I will prosecute them if they are committed in this county.”
But congressional experts say if Santos doesn’t step down, little will prevent him from taking office on January 3 as planned.
Michael Thorning, Director of Structural Democracy for Bipartisan Policy, said, “If someone is sworn into office, really, the only standard the Constitution has set is that two-thirds of the House vote in the event of expulsion. We have to agree,” he said. center.
Now, the organization Unrig Our Economy is launching a six-figure advertising campaign that reads “George Santos Lied” and “Tell Leader McCarthy: Investigate Santos.”
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Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy did not respond to a request for comment, but a Republican representative from Long Island has spoken out.
“We believe a full investigation by the House Ethics Committee and, if necessary, law enforcement, is required,” said Rep.-elect Nick LaRota.
Newly elected MP Anthony Desposito fell short of asking Mr. Santos to resign, saying, “His fabrications about the history of the Holocaust and his family are particularly hurtful…he pursues the path of honesty.” I have to keep doing it,” he said.
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Rep. Andrew Galbarino said he could not comment as a member of the ethics subcommittee on the investigation.
If Santos resigns, the seat in Congress will remain vacant, and experts say the governor will have to hold special elections, including a spring primary.
New York Attorney General Letitia James said she was investigating the Santos fabrication.
On Thursday, Nassau County politicians will hold a press conference about the controversy surrounding Santos. They are also asking Congress to investigate Santos.