Again in October, George Santos pleaded not responsible to just about two dozen federal crimes, together with wire fraud, cash laundering, and id theft, and advised reporters he would completely not take a plea deal. “The primary query you all ask me is, are you going to take a plea deal? No, the reply is I can’t take a plea deal,” Santos stated. “And the rationale so is I’m robust in my convictions that I can show my innocence.” However fast-forward six weeks from his plea, and issues have apparently modified!
On Monday, prosecutors revealed in a court docket submitting that the previous congressman, who misplaced his gig within the Home earlier this month, is in talks to plead responsible. “The events are presently engaged in plea negotiations with the aim of resolving this matter with out the necessity for a trial,” prosecutors wrote in the submitting. On Tuesday, Santos’s lawyer, Joseph Murray, advised Choose Joanna Seybert that he believed an settlement might be reached, saying in court docket, “We should always concentrate on the plea deal [negotiations]. I consider they are often fruitful.”
Along with as soon as claiming that he wouldn’t plead responsible to the 23 federal fees, Santos beforehand referred to as the case towards him a “witch hunt,” saying, “I’m gonna maintain clearing my identify.”
However his tune may need modified in gentle of his expulsion from Congress after the Home Ethics Committee stated in a report that, amongst different issues, he’d spent marketing campaign funds on OnlyFans, Botox, and journeys to Atlantic Metropolis along with his husband. It’s additionally attainable that the fact of doubtless going to jail for greater than 20 years set in and prompted him to rethink his stance on a plea deal.
In happier information for the disgraced congressman, he’s develop into a significant draw on Cameo since leaving Washington, reportedly raking in more cash than his yearly congressional wage in only one week. And he seems to have a particularly optimistic outlook re: a future in politics, in that he thinks he really may need one. Chatting with radio host Frank Morano, Santos stated: “I’m not carried out with public service. I need to return to Congress. I’m not saying in the present day. I’m not saying tomorrow. I’m 35. I’ve plenty of issues I must maintain first; I believe everyone knows. However I do have hopes of making an attempt to regain the belief of the American folks and entering into there, as a result of I’ll proceed to show and root out the rot in our federal authorities.”