Federal prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York are reviewing the finances and financial disclosures of Republican Representative-elect George Santos after hesignificant portions of his resume prior to his successful run for Congress, a source familiar with the matter told CBS News.
The federal inquiry marks a potentially serious turning point for the MP-elect, who has said he still intends to take his House seat in January.
Separately, the Nassau County Republican District Attorney is investigating Santos following revelations of the Long Island deputy-elect’s lies, though they did not specify what aspect of Santos’ behavior they will be investigating. Nassau County District Attorney spokesman Brendan Brosh told CBS News the office is “investigating the matter.” Newsday was the first to report the Nassau County investigation.
“The many fabrications and inconsistencies associated with Congressman Santos are simply staggering,” District Attorney Anne T. Donnelly said in a statement. “The people of Nassau County and other parts of the Third District need to have an honest and accountable representative in Congress. No one is above the law and if a crime has been committed in this county, we will prosecute it. “
Santos admitted in an interview with the New York Post this week that he had “embellished” his job and educational background after the New York Times reported he was unable to substantiate claims that he graduated from Baruch College in New York or worked at Citigroup and Goldman. Sachs. Santos was also called out for falsely claiming to be Jewish, prompting a harsh statement from the leader of the Republican Jewish Coalition.
“My sins here embellish my resume. I’m sorry,” Santos told the Post, adding that he “campaigned talking about people’s concerns, not my resume.”
The investigations come as Santos faces increasing pressure over his lies, including from his own party. Fellow Republican-elect in Congress, Nick LaLota, said Tuesday that Santos should be investigated by the House Ethics Committee and potentially by law enforcement.
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