New York GOP Rep. George Santos has been charged by the Department of Justice and is expected to appear as soon as Wednesday at federal court in New York’s eastern district, where the charges have been filed under seal, CNN reported.
The exact nature of the charges are not yet known, but as CNN points out, the FBI and DOJ public integrity prosecutors in New York and D.C. have been looking into allegations of false statements in Santos’ campaign finance filings as well as other claims.
“The freshman congressman, who was elected last year to represent a district that includes parts of Long Island and Queens, has been under investigation in multiple jurisdictions and by the House Ethics Committee,” CNN’s report stated. “Top Democrats, joined by some New York Republicans, have been calling on Santos to resign over allegations ranging from criminal behavior on the campaign trail to petty personal dishonesty stretching back more than a decade.”
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said he has yet to decide of the charges merit Santos being removed from Congress.
Among the thing Santos is accused of: breaking campaign finance laws; breaking federal conflict of interest laws; stealing money meant for an Iraq War veteran’s dying dog; masterminding a credit card fraud scheme; lying about his education and employment history.