The Nassau County District Attorney’s Office has opened an investigation on Santos George after he was caught lying on his resume by fabricating his past.
Following allegations that the Long Island Republican had lied on his resume, federal and county prosecutors are looking into Congressman-elect George Santos.
According to CBS News, Nassau County District Attorney’s Office is investigating Santos’ admitted fabrications about his past, while federal authorities are investigating his finances.
Santos may soon be need to defend himself in court after defending his reputation on Fox News.
In the aftermath of Santos’ own public admissions of lying about his CV, background, and other information, CBS News sources indicate prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York are looking into his finances, including financial disclosure reports.
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Nassau County DA Anne Donnelly, a fellow Republican, is also investigating the situation and stated on Wednesday:
“The numerous fabrications and inconsistencies associated with Congressman-Elect Santos are nothing short of stunning. The residents of Nassau County and other parts of the 3rd District must have an honest and accountable representative in Congress. No one is above the law and if a crime was committed in this county, we will prosecute it.”
However, Congressional experts assert that if Santos does not step down, not much will prevent him from taking office on Jan. 3 as planned.
“Once someone is sworn in as a member, really, the only standard that the Constitution has set is that two-thirds of the House must agree in the case of an expulsion,” said Michael Thorning, director of structural democracy for the Bipartisan Policy Center.
A six-figure advertising campaign proclaiming “George Santos lied” and “Tell Leader McCarthy: Investigate Santos” is now being launched by the group Unrig Our Economy.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the Republican House Minority Leader, has not responded to calls for comment, but other Long Island Republicans are.
“I believe a full investigation by the House Ethics Committee and, if necessary, law enforcement is required,” said incoming Rep. Nick LaLota.
Rep. Anthony D’Esposito, who was just elected, refrained from requesting Santos’ resignation, saying in part, “His fabrications regarding the Holocaust and his family’s history are particularly hurtful … He must continue to pursue a path of honesty.”
Congressman Andrew Garbarino stated that he is unable to speak because he serves on the Ethics Subcommittee on Investigations.
If Santos were to resign, the congressional seat would stay vacant, and according to experts, the governor would have to organise a special election that might include a spring primary.
Letitia James, the attorney general of New York, has stated that she is investigating Santos’ lies. The House Ethics Committee’s representatives told CBS2 that they had “no comment.”
Politicians from Nassau County want to address the Santos situation in a press conference on Thursday. Additionally, they demand that Congress look into Santos.