A Long Island district attorney announced Wednesday that she planned to investigate out Republican Representative-elect George Santos after he admitted to lying about his background.
Additionally, a federal probe has reportedly been opened as well.Santos, who was elected in November to represent a large portion of Long Island, fabricated substantial elements of his professional history and also lied about attending college.
The lies didn’t stop there. He also lied about owning 13 properties — he owns none. Santos also said four of his employees in the Pulse massacre that killed 49 people, but now he says four of those victims were going to work for him.The misrepresentations were uncovered in an investigation by the New York Times.Nassau County district attorney Anne Donnelly said in a statement reported by several media outlets that the “numerous fabrications and inconsistencies associated with Congressman-elect Santos are nothing short of stunning.”Donnelly, who is a Republican, said that he needed to be held accountable.“No one is above the law, and if a crime was committed in this county, we will prosecute it,” Donnelly said.Newsday first reported the statement.The U.S.
Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of New York is also looking into Santos’s finances and financial disclosures following the revelations, CBS News reports.In 2020, Santos reported a salary of $55,000 and no assets when he first ran for Congress in 2020.