Federal prosecutors have filed criminal charges against truth-challenged Rep. George Santos (R-NY).
Since his election in 2022, Santos has been under investigation in several jurisdictions as well as the House Ethics committee.
Before he was even sworn in to office, the freshman congressman admitted to lying about where he went to school, who he worked for, being Jewish, and more.
He’s also been accused of breaking campaign finance laws, violating federal conflict of interest laws, stealing cash meant for an Iraq War veteran’s dying dog, and heading up a credit card fraud scheme.
Exclusive: Rep. George Santos charged by Justice Department in federal probehttps://t.co/U6T0RSdf5H
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) May 9, 2023
Santos is expected to appear as soon as Wednesday at federal court in New York’s eastern district, where the charges have been filed under seal.
The exact nature of the charges couldn’t immediately be learned but the FBI and the Justice Department public integrity prosecutors in New York and Washington have been examining allegations of false statements in Santos’ campaign finance filings and other claims.
The freshman congressman, who was elected last year to represent a district that includes parts of Long Island and Queens, has been under investigation in multiple jurisdictions and by the House Ethics Committee.
Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy told reporters he wants to look at the actual charges before possibly removing Santos from Congress.
More at CNN.
Question: Are you going to continue to stand by George Santos now that he’s been indicted and do you stand by Trump after a jury found him liable for sexual abuse? pic.twitter.com/rnXj55BwWR
— Acyn (@Acyn) May 9, 2023
I’ve been saying for months that George Santos needs to be expelled from the House if he won’t resign.
40 members have signed my expulsion resolution. It’s time for Speaker McCarthy to get serious and move our bill forward. https://t.co/5qp3wR4RM6
— Robert Garcia (@RobertGarcia) May 9, 2023
Rep. Ritchie Torres: "The criminal prosecution of Rep. George Santos is long overdue. He is a pathological liar and lawbreaker who lied to the voters of New York State and defrauded his way into the U.S. Congress."
"Santos is a deep rot of corruption at the core of Congress."
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 9, 2023
Does anyone know if the federal indictments against George Santos will affect his Olympic gold medals, his credentials as a neurosurgeon or his court battle against Lindsey Graham over custody of the Jonas Brothers?
— Paul Rudnick (@PaulRudnickNY) May 9, 2023