(DCWatchdog.com) – George Santos, a gay Latino Republican, recently elected to the US House of Representatives, has come under at least two investigations after he was exposed as lying extensively about his education and professional experience.
Federal prosecutors launched a probe into Santos from the Eastern District of New York, NBC News reported citing two sources familiar with the matter.
While the investigation has not established any wrongdoing, it is already combing through Santos’ finances.
Another investigation into Santos has been started by Anne Donnelly, the District Attorney of Nassau County, New York, who is also a Republican.
“The numerous fabrications and inconsistencies associated with Congressman-Elect Santos are nothing short of stunning,” Donnelly declared.
“The residents of Nassau County and other parts of the third district must have an honest and accountable representative in Congress. No one is above the law and if a crime was committed in this county, we will prosecute it,” the Nassau County DA added.
In last month’s midterms, Santos was elected to the US House of Representatives from New York’s 3rd congressional district, which includes parts of Long Island and Queens.
Santos, who is of Brazilian origin, initially made mainstream media headlines for being a gay Latino Republican. However, last week an investigation by The New York Times exposed him as a “serial liar” who invented for himself a false resume to get elected to Congress.
The report found no evidence that the GOP congressman-elect had graduated from Baruch College and briefly attended New York University or that he ever worked for Goldman Sachs and Citigroup.
After the NYT report, Santos gave an interview with The New York Post, admitting that he lied multiple times about his education and work experience.
“My sins here are embellishing my résumé,” the GOP congressman-elected stated, as cited by Breitbart News.
However, he insisted that he “worked” indirectly for Citigroup and Goldman Sachs because a firm where he was vice president had business ties to them.
“I will be clearer about that. It was stated poorly… a poor choice of words,” Santos said.
The Brazilian-American also admitted that he didn’t graduate from college.
“I didn’t graduate from any institution of higher learning. I’m embarrassed and sorry for having embellished my resume. I own up to that … We do stupid things in life,” the NYC congressman-elect argued.
At the same time, he made it clear he would go ahead with getting sworn in as a member of the US Congress.
“I am not a criminal. This [controversy] will not deter me from having good legislative success. I will be effective. I will be good,” Santos promised.
He doubled down on his vows in another interview with former Democrat US Rep. Tulsi Gabbard on Fox News.
“I understand everybody wants to nitpick at me. I’m gonna reassure this once and for all. I’m not a facade. I’m not a persona. I have an extensive career that I worked really hard to achieve. And I’m going to deliver from my experience because I remain committed in delivering results for the American people,” Santos said.
NEW: Federal prosecutors open investigation into Rep.-elect George Santos, a law enforcement source tells @NBCNews. https://t.co/57p01Exv8O
— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 29, 2022