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Federal and county prosecutors probing Rep.-elect George Santos

Congressman George Santos facing investigation

New York Rep. George Santos Faces Federal and County Inquiries


Federal prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York are investigating the finances and financial disclosures of Republican congressman-elected George Santos. admitted to forgery A sizable portion of his résumé ahead of his candidacy for Congress, a source familiar with the matter told CBS News.

A federal investigation points to a potentially serious turnaround for the incoming congressman, who said he intends to win a seat in the House in January.

Separately, the Nassau County Republican District Attorney is investigating Santos following the Long Island Representative’s false exposure, but has not specified which aspects of Santos’ conduct will be investigated. County District Attorney spokesperson Brendan Brosh told CBS News the office was “investigating the matter.” Newsday first reported the Nassau County investigation.

“The numerous fabrications and inconsistencies associated with Santos’ election to Congress are alarming,” District Attorney Anne T. Donnelly said in a statement. “Residents of Nassau County and the rest of District 3 must have honest and accountable representatives in Congress. No one is above the law. No crime is committed in this county. If it is done, we will prosecute it.”

George Santos, elected to the New York State House of Representatives, addresses the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) Annual Leadership Conference November 19, 2022 in Las Vegas.

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Santos said in an interview with the New York Post this week that he was unable to substantiate the New York Times’ claim that he graduated from Baruch College in New York or worked for Citigroup and Goldman. Sacks. Santos was also accused of falsely claiming he was Jewish, prompting harsh statements from leaders of the Republican Jewish Union.

“My guilt here is embellishing my resume. I’m sorry,” Santos told the Post, adding, “I did a campaign to talk about people’s concerns, not my resume.”

The investigation comes as Santos faces mounting pressure for his falsehoods, including from his own party. His fellow Republican Rep. Nick LaRota said Tuesday that Santos should be investigated by the House Ethics Committee and possibly by law enforcement.