Republican lawmaker under investigation after 'staggering inventions' on resume
George Santos at a conference in Las Vegas, November 2022
A New York state court on Wednesday opened a preliminary investigation into the “amazing inventions” of a newly elected Republican congressman who admitted grossly lying on his resume and who is forced to resign.
George Santos, who won a seat from the Democrats in the Nov. 8 legislative election for the riding of Nassau County — a part of Long Island east of New York City — confessed on Monday that he had embellished his resume.
The many inventions and inconsistencies linked to the elected parliamentarian [George] Santos are simply astounding, thundered in a press release relayed by the local New York press the prosecutor for the district of Nassau Anne Donnelly.
This Republican magistrate stood up for the people of Nassau and other Third Precinct areas [who] should enjoy an honest and accountable representative in Congress in Washington .
“No one is above the law and if a crime has been committed in this county, we will prosecute the offender.
—Anne Donnelly, Prosecutor
Mr. Santos admitted never having worked for the major American banks Goldman Sachs or Citigroup nor having a university degree from New York University (NYU), contrary to what he claimed.
This son of Brazilian immigrants born in Queens, one of the five boroughs of New York City, however categorically brushed aside the idea of giving up the seat he is supposed to occupy from the January 3 in the House of Representatives.
He told the New York Post that he is not a criminal.
These lies on several points of his life were revealed in December by a New York Times investigation.
Several Democratic Party members have called on Republican Opposition Leader Kevin McCarthy to hold a vote to oust Mr. Santos if he refuses to resign.
The state of New York, rather favorable to the Democratic Party and led by the governor of this center-left organization Kathy Hochul, has seen several seats in the House of Representatives tilt on the Republican side.
The Republican Party will thus benefit from a narrow majority in the lower house of Congress in Washington, but the Democrats will keep their majority in the Senate.