George Santos, the New York congressman-elect who admitted to “embellishing” his resume, is under investigation by a New York prosecutor.
“The numerous fabrications and inconsistencies associated with Congressman-Elect Santos are stunning. The residents of Nassau County and other parts of the 3rd District should have an honest and accountable representative in Congress,” said Nassau County District Attorney Anne T. Donnelly. in a statement about her fellow Republican on Wednesday. “No one is above the law and if a crime was committed in this county, we will prosecute.”
Santos, who made history last month as the first non-incumbent openly LGBTQ Republican to be elected to Congress, was the target of a bombing. research The New York Times reported this month, which found much of Santos’ background appeared to have been fabricated, including claims that he had worked for Goldman Sachs and Citigroup and graduated from Baruch College.
The story also raised questions about how he was able to lend his campaign $700,000 after claiming on a 2020 campaign finance form that he was earning $55,000 per year.
The prosecutor’s investigation was first reported by news.
His campaign filings indicated that he made millions of dollars in 2021. He told the news site traffic light in an interview on Wednesday that he made his money with a company he started that was involved in the “introduction of capital” industry after connecting with a network of wealthy investors. She said her work included “specialized consulting” for “high net worth individuals.” Santos’ company was dissolved in September, which Santos told Semafor as a result of the late delivery of documents by his accountant.
In an interview on Monday with the new york Post Office, Santos acknowledged fabricating details about his background, saying: “My sins here are embellishing my resume. I’m sorry.”
other news outlet, The front, had disputed a claim on Santos’s campaign website that his grandparents “fled Jewish persecution in the Ukraine, settled in Belgium, and again fled persecution during World War II.” In another story, the site noted that he had called himself “proud jewish americanin a position paper that was shared with Jewish and pro-Israel leaders during his campaign.
In his interview with the Post, Santos said: “I never claimed to be a Jew.”
“I am Catholic. Since I found out that my maternal family had a Jewish background, I said that I was ‘Jewish,'” he said.
Brendan Brosh, a spokesman for Donnelly, only said: “We are looking into the matter.”
The New York attorney general’s office said last week that it is “investigating a number of matters” related to Santos.
A representative for Santos did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minnesota, the outgoing chairman of the Republican National Congressional Committee, brushed off questions from reporters last week about Santos and whether should be sitting
Santos had previously tweeted that he supported McCarthy’s candidacy for House speaker.