Democratic lawmakers seek House Ethics Committee to investigate George Santos for financial disclosures

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Two Democratic lawmakers from New York filed a complain Tuesday with the House Ethics Committee against freshman Rep. George Santos, the 34-year-old Republican who admitted lying about key aspects of his background for «failing to file timely, accurate and complete financial disclosure reports.»

In their complaint, Representatives Dan Goldman and Ritchie Torres call for an investigation into Santos, who is also from New York, for his financial disclosure reports, alleging that the Republican congressman violated the Ethics in Government Act. They cited recent reports, as well as Santos’ own admission, saying that he «misled voters in his district about his ethnicity, his religion, his education, and his work and professional history, among other things.»

They point to Santos’ financial disclosure reports in 2020 and 2022 as «sparse and baffling,» saying he failed to file «timely disclosure reports» for his most recent campaign and that his public statements «contradicted some information» in his financial disclosure for 2022 .

«Given the revelations about his biography, as well as the public information related to his financial disclosures, Mr. Santos has failed to maintain the integrity expected of members of the House of Representatives,» the complaint says. «Therefore, we respectfully request that you investigate this matter to determine the extent of these violations and take appropriate action as soon as possible.»

Goldman and Torres also took their complaint to Santos in his office, who instructed them to hand it to his employee at the door. Santos did not answer questions as he left his office later Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters after filing the complaint with Santos, Goldman said the New York Republican «must be held accountable for his lies, and we expect the House Ethics Committee to seriously investigate.»

The complaint came just days after Santos officially took office after Republicans finally chose Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., as Speaker of the House after 15 rounds of contentious voting last week. Santos voted for McCarthy in every round.

Santos was embroiled in controversy after he confessed to lying about parts of his resume, including information about his education and employment history, prompting several investigations into his campaign and prompting him to resign.

Santos, who made LGBTQ political history when he won the November election in New York’s 3rd Congressional District, first came under scrutiny after a bomb investigation published in The New York Times last month. The newspaper said it was unable to corroborate many of Santos’ alleged qualifications, such as that he had worked for Goldman Sachs and Citigroup and graduated from Baruch College.

Entering Congress, Santos did not appear to have received a warm welcome from most of his fellow Republicans. During the many speaker votes last week, Santos was often seen sitting alone, except for one occasion when he was photographed chatting with far-right lawmaker Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Georgia Republican.

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