The House Ethics Committee said Thursday it has opened an investigation into Rep. George Santos, the New York Republican who admitted to lying about his background and whose finances are the subject of multiple police investigations.
In a statement, the committee said it will «determine whether Representative George Santos may have: engaged in illegal activities in connection with his 2022 campaign for Congress; failed to properly disclose information required in statements filed with the House; violated the federal conflict of interest laws in connection with his role with a company that provides trust services; and/or engaged in sexual misconduct toward a person seeking employment in his congressional office.»
The announcement noted that «the mere fact of establishing an Investigative Subcommittee does not in itself indicate that any violation has occurred.»
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Santos has acknowledged fabricating some aspects of his background, including his education and work experience, but has denied any wrongdoing. He has maintained that his campaign finances, including large loans he made to himself, were in order.
The investigative subcommittee will be chaired by Rep. David Joyce, R-Ohio, with Rep. Susan Wild, D-Pennsylvania, as the panel’s ranking member. The other members of the subcommittee are Representatives John Rutherford, Republican of Florida, and Glenn Ivey, Democrat of Maryland.