Long Island prosecutors have launched an investigation into U.S. Rep.-elect George Santos of New York, after revelations surfaced that the now-embattled Republican lied about his heritage, education and professional pedigree as he campaigned for office.
“The numerous fabrications and inconsistencies associated with Congressman-Elect Santos are nothing short of stunning,” said Nassau County District Attorney Anne T. Donnelly, a Republican.
“The residents of Nassau County and other parts of the Third District must have an honest and accountable representative in Congress,” she said. “No one is above the law and if a crime was committed in this county, we will prosecute it.”
The probe comes a day after Santos confirmed key details of a report from The New York Times that found the candidate lied about working for Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, graduating from Baruch College, and about his mother being a Jewish woman whose parents fled the Nazis during World War II. Santos told The New York Post he’d “embellished” his resume, and that he “never claimed to be Jewish,” but only said he was “Jew-ish.”
The Times report also called into question the source of a $600,000 loan Santos gave to his campaign.
He is scheduled to be sworn in next Tuesday.