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The Daily Santos: Vol. 2
It was another busy day for George during his first Tuesday as a congressman.
George Santos wants us to know that he has “done nothing unethical.” You hear that? NOTHING. And he thinks the newly-weakened House Ethics Rules are “fantastic.” FANTASTIC. So for all you commoners hanging on every word about his eventual demise, Santos is digging in now that he’s a sitting congressman. But that doesn’t mean the stories will stop flowing—and since last night, a new wave has already hit.
George Santos tells @mychaelschnell that he’s “done nothing unethical.” On his past lies, he said: “Look I’ve already said I’ll be addressing the media in a short time. So I would appreciate you guys give that time and we’ll be talking to all of you guys soon.”
— Manu Raju (@mkraju)
Jan 10, 2023
Empire State drama
New York Democratic Congressmen Daniel Goldman and Ritchie Torres hand-delivered to their colleague George’s office Tuesday morning a copy of a letter they submitted to the House Ethics Committee. The six-page letter filed Tuesday by Goldman and Torres requests the committee investigate Santos “for violations of the Ethics in Government Act by failing to file timely, accurate, and complete financial disclosure reports as required by law,” and calls the disclosures Santos made throughout his campaign and since getting elected “sparse and perplexing.”
Put plainly, they want Santos to be investigated for being shady as hell.
You might recognize Goldman’s name from Trump’s first impeachment trial where he was lead counsel for the investigation. He himself is a freshman congressman looking to make big moves, and since he’s built his reputation on holding slimy liars to account, this feels on brand. Torres, now in his second term, has been an outspoken critic of Santos since his entire life story imploded, even introducing the Stop Another Non-Truthful Office Seeker (SANTOS) Act in late December.
Will the Starsky and Hutch of the Santos Patrol be successful? Given that the deliberative body in which they serve voted last night to gut its own ethics rules, the odds are slim to none.
National security threat?
Elsewhere in Congress, four other members have formed their own anti-Santos alliance in an effort to keep him from accessing sensitive information that could endanger national security. Congressman Pat Ryan—a US Army veteran who won a special election last summer and won reelection in November—and three other colleagues with backgrounds in national security submitted a letter to Speaker Kevin McCarthy expressing their concern over someone as dishonest as Santos being privy to classified intel.
Rep. Ryan, along with with Democratic members Seth Moulton, Chrissy Houlahan and Jeff Jackson, write:
Ryan also posted a video via Twitter explaining his concerns:
George Santos has blatantly lied about his entire life and record; there is ZERO basis for entrusting him with access to highly classified information.
That’s why I’m demanding @SpeakerMcCarthy safeguard our national security and block Santos’ access until he is properly vetted.
— Rep. Pat Ryan (@RepPatRyanNY)
Jan 10, 2023
Watchdog organization Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) sent a letter Tuesday echoing similar concerns. The takeaway? Trust no Santos.
If you’re here, it’s likely because you simply can’t get enough of the George Santos saga. But perhaps you’re not as well-versed as some of your terminally online friends, and could use a quick crash course in how we ended up with the Anna Delvey of politicians. Luckily, New York Magazine has compiled a pretty exhaustive list of all the things that we know Santos has lied about (so far), along with context for each. It’s worth revisiting even for the most dutiful followers of this political epic.
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