Rep. George Santos (R-NY)’s mother was in Brazil on Sept. 11, 2001 and contradicted his previous claim that she was present at the attacks and later died of cancer, according to a new report leading to the new congressman’s growth contributes list of lies as he rejects calls for his resignation from Congress.
death of his mother: Santos said on his campaign website that his mother, Fatima Devolder, was “in the South Tower” on September 11 and later succumbed to cancer, but she said on a green card application filed in 2003 that she hadn’t been in since 1999 had been in the USA The forward reported Wednesday.
A juicy salary: Santos claimed he earned a salary of $750,000 and up to $10 million in dividends between 2021 and 2022 through a company he founded in 2021 called Devolder Organization, according to his most recent financial disclosure – but reported that during earned just $55,000 for Congress from his 2020 campaign.
However, Santos did not report that as recently as April 2021, he had received payments from a Florida-based financial services firm he used to work for, Harbor City Capital, which the Securities and Exchange Commission has accused of a “classic Ponzi scheme.” ” The Washington Post reported.
A career as a yacht salesman: Santos told Semafor that he made money at Devolder by brokering luxury purchases like a “$20 million yacht” for wealthy clients, but refused to provide the publication with a list of clients or details of the alleged contracts place.
A real estate empire: Santos claimed he owned a $1 million apartment in Brazil and said during the campaign his family owned 13 properties, but he later revealed it New York Post He owns no real estate and lives with his sister in her Queens apartment, where she is said to be at risk of eviction for paying $40,000 in unpaid rent.
His campaign money: Santos’ campaign sought donations through a group posing as an independent spending committee called Redstone Strategies, but the Federal Elections Commission said it could find no evidence Redstone was registered as a political group, or records of its donors, contributions or expenditures. The times reported Thursday.
The Campaign Legal Center watchdog group has accused Devolder of being a scam used to funnel money to the Santos campaign and suspects Santos may have underreported donations and used some of the money for personal expenses, wrote it in a complaint to the Federal Electoral Commission.
His inflated resume: Santos claimed he attended the prestigious Horace Mann Prep School before graduating summa cum laude from Baruch College with a 3.89 GPA, scoring a 710 on his GMAT exam and earning a master’s degree in international business from New York University – but was later approved New York Post He never graduated from college, a spokesman for Horace Mann said The times There was no record of his participation.
A Stay on Wall Street: Santos confessed The New York Post that he embellished claims of working directly for Citigroup and Goldman Sachs, blaming the lies on “poor choice of words” and declaring that he works instead with of the companies during his time at LinkBridge Investors.
An animal rescue organization: Santos said he started and owned an animal rescue organization called Friends of Pets United, but after that The times Finding no IRS documents to support Santos’ claim, he changed his story and said he was only campaigning for the charity and helping find foster homes for the animals.
Santos is accused of using the fake animal welfare organization to set up a GoFundMe account for a homeless veteran whose dog needed life-saving surgery and then ran away with the money after the account raised $3,000, Santos claims, denies and calls them “fake”.
A Covid-19 diagnosis: Santos said in a March 2020 interview, just weeks after the first Covid-19 case was discovered in New York, that he had been hospitalized with the illness, which he says was complicated by a previous brain tumor – nonetheless he seemed to be healthy At the same time he is said to have contracted the virus in interview clips, among other things Washington Post Reporter recently revealed his alleged diagnosis in later interviews and changed the schedule.
Connections to shooting at Pulse nightclub: Santos admitted he fabricated his claim that he “lost” four employees in the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, and in a recent WABC radio interview with disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY ) that he was about to hire someone the four victims.
His “Jewish” heritage: Santos claimed on his campaign website that his maternal grandparents fled Ukraine to escape anti-Jewish persecution during World War II, but he confessed New York Post that he is not Jewish and identifies as “Jewish” while genealogical records are being reviewed The forward show that his maternal grandparents were both born in Brazil.
His marriage: Santos, who claims to be the first openly gay non-acting GOP rep elected to Congress, has never disclosed his marriage to a woman. The daily beast reported, citing records showing the couple divorced less than two weeks before the start of their 2020 campaign for Congress.
His criminal background: After The times Uncovered Brazilian court documents showing that Santos was charged with check fraud in 2008 for allegedly stealing a man’s checkbook and using it to make fraudulent purchases, Brazilian prosecutors announced they would reopen the case.
Santos remained defiant despite calls for his resignation on Thursday, telling Steve Bannon of his resignation war room Podcast that he has “lived an honest life” and will be running for re-election for a second term in 2024. “I only pray for all of you when they come to you, that you have the same strength as I do,” he told his critics.
“He’s a complete and utter fraud,” House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) said Thursday. “[He] lied to, deceived, and bluffed his way into Congress in New York’s 3rd congressional district. And it is now the responsibility of House Republicans to do something about it.”
Santos is increasingly being called upon to step down by his Republican peers, including at least six New York GOP officials and the Nassau County Republican Party. He said Thursday he would not resign unless asked to do so by the “142,000” voters who voted for him (more than 145,000 people voted for Santos in the midterm elections). In addition to demands for his resignation, Santos faces a number of ethical and criminal investigations into his conduct. Democrats and activist groups have filed complaints against him with the Federal Election Commission, the House Ethics Committee and the Office of Congressional Ethics, and the Justice Department, the New York Attorney General and the Nassau County Attorney’s Office have also said they are investigating the allegations. However, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has defended Santos and has not committed to proceeding with his removal from Congress, but said he will be investigated and face consequences if wrongdoing is found.
What to look out for
If Santos were to resign or be expelled from Congress (a process that requires a two-thirds vote of its members), New York Gov. Kathy Hochul would call a special election to replace him. Santos’ impeachment could be a blow to Republicans, who regained control of the House with a narrow four-seat majority after flipping several districts previously held by Democrats, including New York’s third congressional district, the Santos now represents.
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