Prosecutors indict NY Republican Rep. George Santos

 May 10, 2023

New York Republican Rep. George Santos was reportedly indicted on unknown charges Tuesday, according to reports.

Santos is expected to appear in court this week to face charges that are currently under seal.

The details

"The exact nature of the charges couldn’t immediately be learned but the FBI and the Justice Department public integrity prosecutors in New York and Washington have been examining allegations of false statements in Santos’ campaign finance filings and other claims," CNN reported.

"The congressman’s attorney declined to comment. Spokespeople for the Brooklyn US Attorney’s Office, the Justice Department and the FBI declined to comment," it added.

The background

Santos previously admitted to lying about parts of his background following his election to the House.

“I didn’t graduate from any institution of higher learning. I’m embarrassed and sorry for having embellished my resume,” Santos said shortly after winning his election in New York’s third congressional district.

“I own up to that. … We do stupid things in life,” Santos added.

Some Democrats are using the report of the charges to call on Santos to resign from the House immediately.

Among them is Rep. Robert Garcia (D-CA) who turned to social media to call for Santos to resign on Tuesday.

"George Santos needs to resign or be immediately expelled from the House," he wrote. "Today's news that federal prosecutors are filing criminal charges against George Santos makes it crystal clear that we must act. Three months ago, I introduced a bill to expel George Santos and over 40 members have already signed the expulsion resolution. Speaker McCarty needs to get serious and move our bill forward in the Ethics Committee and then to the full House instead of staying silent as an indicted liar remains in his caucus."

The news came the same day that former President Donald Trump was found liable for damages over sexual assault with E. Jean Carroll, with $5 million in damages in the decision. The difficult day for the GOP could continue to worsen with Santos headed to court and the party faced with decisions on how to handle the upcoming charges against the controversial congressman.

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