But Santos’ campaign website tells a different story: “George’s mother was in her office in the South Tower on September 11, 2001 when that day’s horrific events unfolded.”
The website continues: “She survived the tragic events of 9/11 but died a few years later after losing her battle with cancer.”
The Washington Post previously reported that Santo’s mother died in December 2016, prompting her son to request donations to pay for her funeral.
The visa documents were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by Alex Calzareth, a Chartered Accountant with an interest in genealogy and research. Calzareth shared the documents with The Post and other news outlets.
A Santos spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the discrepancy, first reported by the Forward.
Since Santos’ election to the House of Representatives in November, media coverage has belied much of the personal and professional history the New York Republican presented to the public.
Santos has admitted to lying about his education and career, but questions remain about the source of his fortune, which he used to fund his campaign. Earlier this month, a bipartisan group filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission about Santos’ campaign finance.
The Post also reported that Santos was claiming the cousin of a Russian oligarch as a client.
Democrats and Republicans have called for Santos’ resignation. He has defied those calls, as has House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who said Santos was legally elected and installed without objection. House Republicans on Tuesday assigned Santos to two House committees.
Asked if the White House thought Santos should step down, Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters Wednesday that it “is up to the Republican conference to show what they think they owe the American people.” It is up to them what it means, what they see in terms of standards and service.”
Jean-Pierre added it was clear the GOP had no plans to act as the party had given Santos committee orders.