House Democrats demand Speaker McCarthy disclose what he knew about George Santos’ ‘web of lies’

House Democrats who made Ethics complaint against George Santos now demand Speaker McCarthy disclose what he knew about freshman GOP lawmaker’s ‘web of lies’ ahead of his 2022 midterm victory

  • New York Reps. Ritchie Torres and Dan Goldman wrote a letter to GOP leaders
  • ‘We urge you to inform the American people about your knowledge of Mr. Santos’ web of deceit prior to the election,’ they wrote
  • It comes after an NY Times report suggests Republican officials were warned multiple times about George Santos’ misrepresentations and fraud

Freshman Republican Rep. George Santos of New York is under intense scrutiny after he admitted to lying about key details of his backstory

Freshman Republican Rep. George Santos of New York is under intense scrutiny after he admitted to lying about key details of his backstory

A pair of House Democrats are calling on Speaker Kevin McCarthy to divulge what he knew and when about freshman GOP Rep. George Santos’ so-called ‘web of lies,’ as they phrased in a Sunday letter.

Roughly a couple of weeks before he was sworn into the 118th Congress, Santos admitted to fabricating details of his backstory including his career, education and family heritage.

When it became clear he was not the seasoned financier he purported to be, questions sprung up about how he got the hundreds of thousands of dollars he supposedly put into his own campaign – and who it came from.

‘We urge you to inform the American people about your knowledge of Mr. Santos’ web of deceit prior to the election so that the public understands whether and to what extent you were complicit in Mr. Santos’ fraud on his voters,’ the letter addressed to McCarthy, GOP Conference Chair Elise Stefanik and Congressional Leadership Fund President Dan Conston.

The letter was written by New York Democratic Reps. Ritchie Torres and Dan Goldman. 

The pair had previously come to Santos’ Capitol Hill office to personally deliver their Ethics complaint against him. And on Friday, they introduced the SANTOS Act in a bid to stop political candidates from putting out false information on the campaign trail.

House Democrats are pushing House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to condemn Santos after the Republican leader previously signaled he would let the various investigations into Santos play out

House Democrats are pushing House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to condemn Santos after the Republican leader previously signaled he would let the various investigations into Santos play out

It comes after a Friday report in the New York Times suggested that Republican Party leaders – both on the state and federal levels – failed to heed multiple warnings about Santos before the November 8 race.

Among the most recent accusations against Santos is over his involvement in a company that the Securities and Exchange Commission branded a ‘Ponzi scheme.’

He’s currently under federal and state investigations into whether any of his misrepresentations broke the law.

In the Sunday letter, Torres and Goldman lashed out at GOP Congressional leadership for failing to take a stand on Santos amid growing concern over his presence at the Capitol.

‘Sadly, even now, after eight other Republican members of Congress have called for Mr. Santos to resign, you have refused to make any public comment on Mr. Santos’s fraudulent candidacy, nor have you shared with the public your understanding of Mr. Santos’s blatant deception and lies prior to the election,’ they wrote.

Rep. Ritchie Torres of New York is one of the two Democrats who signed onto the letter

Rep. Ritchie Torres of New York is one of the two Democrats who signed onto the letter

It's also signed by fellow New York Democratic Rep. Dan Goldman, who previously worked as House Democrats' counsel in Donald Trump's impeachment

It’s also signed by fellow New York Democratic Rep. Dan Goldman, who previously worked as House Democrats’ counsel in Donald Trump’s impeachment

The lawmakers pointed out that McCarthy has ‘long been a forceful advocate for transparency in our election process.’

‘We therefore hope you will lead by example and be transparent about your knowledge of Mr. Santos’s web of lies,’ they wrote.

‘The American people deserve nothing less than the complete truth.’

DailyMail.com has reached out to Santos’ Congressional office for a response to the letter. 

McCarthy has previously indicated that he has no plans to have Santos removed from Congress, but that he would not shield the first-term Republican from ethical scrutiny. 

Torres and Goldman’s Stopping Another Non Truthful Office Seeker Act – or SANTOS Act – would force Congressional candidates to truthfully disclose their education, employment and military history.

Lying about any of those credentials would result in a $100,000 fine or up to one year of imprisonment – or both.

The letter was sent out on Sunday and lashes out at Republican officials for staying silent on Santos

The letter was sent out on Sunday and lashes out at Republican officials for staying silent on Santos

The lies George Santos has told and the stories he has spun – so far: From fabricating family links to the Holocaust, 9/11 killing his mother, working on Wall Street, recovering from a brain tumor, being of Ukrainian-Jewish descent, and starting a charity 

By Katelyn Caralle 

Santos says he is of Ukrainian Jewish descent

In one interview, Santos said his family name on his mother’s side was the historically Jewish name ‘Zabrovsky.’ 

‘My grandfather was born in Kyiv and left in the late 20s and migrated to Belgium where he met my grandmother and then started a family,’ Santos told Fox Digital in February. ‘We don’t carry the Ukrainian last name, for a lot of people who are descendants of World War II refuges or survivors of the Holocaust, a lot of names or paperwork were changed in the name of survival.’

George Santos was revealed to be a pathological liar after he won the 2022 midterm elections to represent New York's 3rd congressional district. His lies and fabricated stories span almost every topic from his education background to his family's heritage

George Santos was revealed to be a pathological liar after he won the 2022 midterm elections to represent New York’s 3rd congressional district. His lies and fabricated stories span almost every topic from his education background to his family’s heritage

Reports indicate that there have been no successful efforts to find any Jewish or Ukrainian heritage in his family tree according to the Forward.

Santos said in a separate interview in 2020 that he was raised by ‘a white Caucasian mother, an immigrant from Belgium. But Santos’ mother, Fatima Devolder, was born in Brazil, according to her obituary in 2016. 

Additionally, newly resurfaced tweets show that Santos, who is Brazilian-American, claimed in July 2020 on Twitter that he was biracial, meaning ‘Caucasian and black.’

Santos’ claims his mother died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks

Santos wrote in a July 2021 tweet that he was ‘blocking’ an account with the handle ‘9/11 was a victimless crime’ because his mother was a victim of the terrorist attack.

He wrote, ‘9/11 claimed my mother’s life… so I’m blocking so I don’t ever have to read this again,’ after the user responded to a tweet from Santos regarding immigration.

An obituary for Santos’ mother, however, states that she died in December 2016, which is more than 15 years after the attack took place.

He also confirmed the real date in a December 2021 tweet where he said: ‘December 23rd this year marks 5 years I lost my best friend and mentor. Mom you will live forever in my heart.’

Santos’ campaign website said his mother ‘survived the tragic events of September 11th’ in the South Tower office of the World Trade Center and died ‘a few years later when she lost her battle to cancer.’

A New York Times report had described Santos’ mother as a ‘domestic worker’ or ‘housekeeper.’

His campaign website described his mother as a top executive.

‘George’s work ethic comes from his mother, who came from nothing, but worked her way up to be the first female executive at a major financial institution,’ the website states.

The congressman-elect said in a 2021 tweet that, '9/11 claimed my mother's life,' however Fatima Devolder died in 2016 of cancer and it's unclear if it was 9/11-related. It's also unclear if she was an executive or a housekeeper

The congressman-elect said in a 2021 tweet that, ‘9/11 claimed my mother’s life,’ however Fatima Devolder died in 2016 of cancer and it’s unclear if it was 9/11-related. It’s also unclear if she was an executive or a housekeeper

Santos said he attended a prestigious New York prep school

The Representative-elect said that he attended Horace Mann School – an elite private school in the Brox where tuition costs $59,800 per year.

‘He began Horace Mann preparatory school in the Bronx, however, did not graduate from Horace Mann due to financial difficulties for his family,’ read a 2019 biography during his first campaign for Congress, which Santos lost.

‘He obtained a GED during his senior year,’ it added.

The school said, according to CNN, that he never attended.

‘We’ve searched the records and there is no evidence that George Santos (or any alias) attended Horace Mann,’ spokesperson for Horace Mann Prep School Ed Adler said. 

CNN reported late Wednesday that the New York Republican never attended Horace Mann School (pictured), an elite private school in the Bronx

CNN reported late Wednesday that the New York Republican never attended Horace Mann School (pictured), an elite private school in the Bronx

Former call center worker Santos’ resume includes time at Goldman Sachs and Citigroup 

Santos said that he worked on Wall Street for Goldman Sachs and Citigroup but now says he used a ‘poor choice of words’ when describing his relationship with the two firms.

The incoming congressman worked at a DISH Satellite call center from October 2011 to July 2012.

He also worked for LinkBridge, where, in an attempt to justify his lie, Santos said that he did business with Goldman and Citi and made ‘capital introductions’ between clients and investors.

Santos said he ‘never worked directly’ for either firm.

George Santos (right) poses with his then fiancé at Mar-a-Lago on New Year's Eve

George Santos (right) poses with his then fiancé at Mar-a-Lago on New Year’s Eve

Santos’ claim his family-owned real estate portfolio of 10+ properties

Santos posted on Twitter in February 2021 that ‘my family and I’ had not received any rent on 13 properties allegedly owned by him. 

A review property taxes owed or paid for in New York state shows no evidence of ownership. 

He claimed to have a brain tumor

On March 30, 2020, at the start of the U.S. coronavirus pandemic, an interview with Santos was published on YouTube titled ‘George Santos: A Corona Story.’ The video has since been set to private

In the video, according to Newsweek, Santos tells two men, one wearing a ‘Guns and Freedom’ hat and the other seated by a ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ flag, that he had ‘battled a brain tumor.’

Discussing his health Santos said: ‘I have an immunodeficiency and I also have acute chronic bronchitis. I also battled a brain tumor a couple of years ago and I had radiation done which really lowers your immunity in general.’

Claimed that he lost four employees in Pulse nightclub massacre

During an interview with WNYC, Santos alleged that four ‘people that work for me’ were killed during the June 2016 mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, which left 49 dead. 

No connection has yet to be establish between any of the victims and Santos.

Said he was the founder of a charitable foundation

Santos said he founded a tax-exempt animal rights group, Friends of Pets United, which rescued more than 2,500 cats and dogs.

But no records relating to the group’s charitable status could be found by the IRS, nor could either the New York or New Jersey attorney general’s offices uncover documentation confirming Friends of Pets United had been registered as a charity.

Public records, however, show that Santos was previously married to a woman named Uadla Vieira, a native of Brazil, until 2019

Public records, however, show that Santos was previously married to a woman named Uadla Vieira, a native of Brazil, until 2019

In 2016, he claimed $2,250 was stolen in a mugging on his way to pay rent – but cops have no record of the incident 

Santos claimed that in 2016 he was mugged on his way to pay his apartment rent in Queens.

In a sworn statement battling eviction, he said $2,250 was stolen. According to Gothamist, he wrote: ‘I have been mugged at approx 1:15 p.m. on 01/15/16 on Queens Boro Plaza, as I was on my way to pay the lawyer.

‘I have gone to the checks cash location located on 31st and 23rd Ave in Astoria to request a stop payment.

‘I am unable to provide a police report today as I was requested to go back Tuesday to pick it up.’

The NYPD, however, have no record of the incident, the outlet reported.

Santos eventually moved out of the apartment as a result of the case and paid the rest of what he owed in rent. 

 

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