Congressman-elect George Santos is now facing a federal investigation into his finances.
Long Island prosecutors have launched an investigation into U.S. Santos after it was revealed that he lied on the campaign trail, including fabricating details about his previous employment, heritage, and personal wealth.
CBS News and CNN reported that sources familiar with the matter confirmed the federal investigation.
News of the federal probe into Santos’s finances comes after the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office confirmed a separate investigation into Santos.
The numerous fabrications and inconsistencies associated with Congressman-Elect Santos are nothing short of stunning,” Nassau County District Attorney Anne Donnelly said in a statement to The National Desk (TND). “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.”
He 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 the Justice Department.
Santos suggested he does not plan to step aside in a Twitter post-Wednesday about a visit to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy earlier in the day.
“In Congress, I look forward to working alongside them to fully utilize this amazing resource we have in our own backyard in #NY03,” the tweet said.
The Republican has previously admitted to lying about having Jewish ancestry, a Wall Street pedigree, and a college degree, but he has yet to address other lingering questions — including the source of what appears to be a quickly amassed fortune despite recent financial problems, including evictions and owing thousands in back rent.
A spokesperson for the Nassau County DA’s office, Brendan Brosh, said Wednesday: “We are looking into the matter.” The scope of the investigation was not immediately clear.
According to ABC News, Other Republicans castigated Santos but stopped short of asking him to step aside.
“Congressman-Elect George Santos has broken the public trust by making serious misstatements regarding his background, experience, and education, among other issues,” said Joseph Cairo, chair of the Nassau County Republican Committee, which is within the 3rd Congressional District.
Rep.-elect Nick LaLota, a fellow incoming New York Republican, called for an ethics investigation. Another incoming New York Republican representative, Anthony D’Esposito, tweeted that Santos should “pursue a path of honesty” and a “spirit of sincerity.”
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