Rep.-elect George Santos apologizes for “embellishing” resume

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George Devolder Santos elected to the House of Representatives at a November press conference in Baldwin, New York. Photo: Alejandra Villa Loarca/Newsday RM via Getty Images

Congressman-Elect George Santos (RN.

Important reasons: Santos has been accused of fabricating his résumé that formed a central part of his campaign as Republicans prepared to win a narrow majority in the House.

Big picture: Several Democratic lawmakers accused Santos of lying and called for him to resign following his comments to the New York Post and WABC Radio.

  • However, Santos told The Post, “My guilt here embellishes my resume. I’m sorry.”

Zoom in: Santos admitted to the Post that he “never worked directly” at Goldman Sachs or Citigroup, and that his previous claims about employment there represented a “poor choice of words.” Also, as previously claimed, he did not receive his credentials from Baruch College or New York University.

  • “I have not graduated from any tertiary institution. “I admit it…we do stupid things in life.”
  • Santos also addressed accusations that he lied about his Jewish ancestry, including that his grandparents fled the Holocaust.
  • “I never claimed to be Jewish,” he told the Post. It’s human-like,’ he said.”

News promotion: Earlier this month, the New York Times published an investigative report questioning many of Santos’ biographical claims made during his campaign, detailing potential legal and ethical concerns.

  • These included allegations that he may have lied in financial disclosures and have been indicted for check fraud in Brazil, which Santos strongly denied in an interview with The Post.
  • “I’m not a criminal here. Not here, not in Brazil, not in any jurisdiction in the world,” the Long Island Republican told the Post.

note: Santos was asked by WABC radio host John Catsimatidis if he would consider suing the NYT. “I don’t know what my options are,” Santos said.

  • “I looked through everything and just as they mocked me, now it’s time to mock both journalists whose mission it was to slander me in this country and around the world.” It happens,” he added.
  • “But one thing, I will take the oath and take office.”

For the record: A NYT spokesperson told The Washington Post that “thoroughly researched and thoroughly fact-checked reporting speaks for itself”, with the press “unconditionally” supporting the publication. .

What they say: Rep. Ted Liu (D-California) was among the Democrats calling for Santos’ resignation. Tweet He said he had “now admitted to his colossal lie” and Republican Kevin McCarthy (R-California) said he should be deposed if he didn’t resign.

  • Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) echoed these calls. Tweet Santos was also asked to “be subject to an investigation by the authorities,” adding, “I have seen people fabricating resumes and this is a complete fabrication.”
  • Rep. Eric Swalwell (Democrat, California) called If you think Santos should be banned from taking the oath in Congress, his Twitter followers retweeted his post, saying he “confessed to deceiving Long Island voters about his entire resume.” Stated.
  • Representatives for Santos and McCarthy did not immediately respond to Axios’ request for comment.

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated with details from the interview with Rep. George Santos and comments from Rep. Ted Liu, Joaquin Castro, and Democrat Eric Swalwell.

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