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Yesterday, Federal prosecutors filed criminal charges against New York Rep. George Santos, the Republican lawmaker who has been trapped in a web of lies and suspicions since he took office.
The Guardian reports:
Santos is expected to turn himself in to authorities at the federal court in Brooklyn as soon as Wednesday morning, one of the people said. There, he will likely make an initial appearance at an arraignment, where the specific charges against him are expected to be released.
The news of the indictment appears to have come as a surprise to Santos, who was informed about the charges on Tuesday hours before they were widely reported, and neither a spokesperson in his congressional office nor his attorney responded to a request for comment.
For months, the US attorney’s office for the eastern district of New York and the FBI have been pursuing several lines of inquiry over Santos’s federal campaign filings as part of a criminal investigation into whether he unlawfully used funds for non-election-related purposes.
Santos has so far managed to evade any serious political repercussions for his extensive dishonesty to voters, scams, and grifts because Republicans hold a razor-thin majority in the House and Santos was a key vote for House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy to win the speakership.
House Leaser Kevin McCarthy said Tuesday that Santos is safe for now, but a conviction could change that: “Just like we had before with Jeff Fortenberry, he was found guilty and then I told him he needed to resign.”