Congressman George Santos can’t cease, gained’t cease mendacity.
Earlier this month, the consultant from New York added 10 prison counts to the 13 he was initially charged with in Might, with federal prosecutors alleging he stole donor identities, used their bank cards to make greater than $44,000 in fees, and wired among the cash to his personal private checking account and marketing campaign coffers. Santos is going through the very actual prospect of jail time—if convicted, a minimal of two years for aggravated identification theft and a most of 20 years for the opposite counts—and the equally actual prospect of dropping his seat within the Home. That’s, if he’s not booted by his personal colleagues first.
That is clearly quite a bit to deal with, however is Santos permitting the stress of all of it to cease him from doing what he loves, i.e., telling utterly absurd lies for sport? No, he’s not!
Santos, talking to The New York Occasions, claimed he had a “story that no person talks about,” that his niece was kidnapped, probably in retaliation for his public feedback concerning the Chinese language Communist Get together. “You suppose it was China?” reporter Grace Ashford, making an attempt to nail him down, requested. “Look, I don’t wish to go into like, conspiracy concept,” he stated. “However you understand, if the shoe matches, proper?”
Based on Ashford, she subsequently obtained in contact with a high-ranking member of legislation enforcement, who instructed her that the matter had been appeared into—and that there was no proof of any kidnapping, interval, or, actually, any connection to the Chinese language Communist Get together. “We discovered nothing in any respect to recommend it’s true,” the official instructed Ashford. “I’d lean into, ‘he made it up.’”
“He made it up,” is, after all, a phrase that might be utilized to a big quantity of Santos’s claims, from those about working at Citigroup and Goldman Sachs to having grandparents who fled the Holocaust and a mom who was within the South Tower on 9/11.
It’s these lies (and all of the others), plus the precise prison allegations (which he insists he didn’t commit) which have led quite a lot of his GOP colleagues to announce they’ll be introducing a decision to expel him from the Home. If that doesn’t work? As Politico reported on Tuesday, between Republicans and Democrats, there are roughly 30 candidates gunning for his seat. That’s proper, people: He’s nonetheless operating!