NEW YORK ( Associated Press) — Long Island officials are investigating Republican Rep.-elect George Santos after it was revealed he lied on the campaign trail about his heritage, education level and past employment.
Despite growing doubts about his fitness to hold public office, there is no indication that Santos will resign, even though he has publicly admitted that he lied about various aspects of his story.
Nassau County Attorney General Anne T. Donnelly, a Republican, said, “The many fabrications and inconsistencies involving the newly elected Santos are nothing short of astonishing.”
“The people of Nassau County and other parts of the Third District deserve an honest and responsible representative in Congress,” he said. “No one is above the law and if a crime is committed in this county, we will prosecute.”
Santos’ campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The swearing-in ceremony is believed to be held next Tuesday, when the session of the lower house will resume. If he is sworn in, he could be investigated by the House Ethics Committee and the Justice Department.
The New York Attorney General’s office has already announced that it is investigating certain aspects involving Santos.
Santos has admitted that he lied about having Jewish ancestry, working for financial companies, and graduating from college. So far, he has not commented on other unknowns, such as the origins of what appears to have been a short period of time despite recent financial problems, including evictions for non-payment of thousands of dollars in rent.
Some of his fellow Republicans have called for an investigation by Congress and law enforcement agencies.
Nick LaLotta, another Long Island Republican, expressed concern about the revelations.
“I think there needs to be an investigation by the House Ethics Committee and by law enforcement agencies if necessary,” Llota said Tuesday.