George Santos news: Pressure mounts on Kevin McCarthy as Santos financial discrepancies revealed

George Santos: The imposter in Congress | On The Ground

George Santos filed an amended financial disclosure form with the FEC on Tuesday, and within minutes reporters and electoral law experts were noticing some pretty glaring issues.

For starters, there are two loans — for $500,000 and $125,000 — that are no longer identified as coming from Mr. Santos’s personal funds, as they had been previously.

And then there’s the oddly high number of donations just under the $200 limit – an occurrence that immediately raised questions about their legitimacy.

Meanwhile, GOP leader Mr. McCarthy is clearly tired of questions about one of his caucus’s newest members. At a press conference on Tuesday, the speaker contended that the congressman will be ousted if the House Ethics Committee finds that he broke the law, while snapping at reporters who suggested he should do more as House leader.

“If for some way when we go through Ethics and he has broken the law, then we will remove him,” he said.

“The American public in his district voted for him. He has a responsibility to uphold what they voted for, to work and have their voice here, but at any time, if it rises to a legal level, we will deal with it then.”

His comments come as Mr. Santos said he was “saddened” to learn that fellow GOP member John Kennedy called him “nutty as a fruitcake” and a “bunny boiler” – a reference to Glenn Close‘s unhinged, psychotic character in the 1987 movie Fatal Attraction.

1674715500

Santos FEC filings draw alarm

George Santos filed an amended financial disclosure form with the FEC on Tuesday, and within minutes reporters and electoral law experts were noticing some pretty glaring issues.

For starters, there are two loans — for $500,000 and $125,000 — that are no longer identified as coming from Mr. Santos’s personal funds, as they had been previously.

And then there’s the oddly high number of donations just under the $200 limit – an occurrence that immediately raised questions about their legitimacy.

It seems like the New York congressman has another set of questions to answer as the saga of his arrival in Washington continues.

John Bowden26 January 2023 06:45

1674709200

Kevin McCarthy leaves open the possibility that Santos could be expelled

Embattled New York Republican George Santos’ time in Congress could prove to be short-lived after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy addressed his potential removal from office.

GOP leader Mr. McCarthy said at a press conference on Tuesday that the congressman will be ousted if the House Ethics Committee finds that he broke the law.

“If for some way when we go through Ethics and he has broken the law, then we will remove him,” he said.

“The American public in his district voted for him. He has a responsibility to uphold what they voted for, to work and have their voice here, but at any time, if it rises to a legal level, we will deal with it then.”

John Bowden26 January 2023 05:00

1674702958

George Santos now claims he survived an assassination attempt

Embattled GOP Rep. George Santos has now come under scrutiny for claiming that he survived an unidentified assassination attempt.

The Republican, who has already admitted to making several lies during his run for Congress, made the wild allegation during an interview with Brazilian podcast “Rádio Novelo Apresenta” last month.

“We have already suffered an attempt on my life, an assassination attempt, a threatening letter, having to have the police – a police escort standing in front of our house,” he claimed.

Mr. Santos did not elaborate on the alleged hit plot and is not thought to have mentioned it publicly prior to this. During the interview he also claimed that he was mugged on Fifth Avenue in New York City and that his Florida home was vandalized.

Read more from Gustaf Kilander:

John Bowden26 January 2023 03:15

1674696658

ICYMI: More footage of George Santos at drag show surfaces

The Twitter account PatriotTakes, operated by political activists aligned with the Democratic Party, has surfaced another Brazilian news clip revealing George Santos in drag dancing with other drag queens. He has denied participating extensively in the culture.

It isn’t exactly clear where the clip is from, but Mr. Santos can be seen wearing the same costume he wore in the original pictures provided to TMZ and other news outlets by a drag queen who knew him at the time, Eula Rochard.

John Bowden26 January 2023 01:30

1674690358

Drag artist claims George Santos was liberal in Brazil but ‘went crazy’ when he moved to the US

A Brazilian dear artist who knew George Santos when he lived in the country revealed more about the congressman’s political past in a new interview with Insider.

Eula Rochard explained in her latest interview that Mr. Santos had once been a proud supporter of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva — the current president of Brazilwho recently returned to office after successfully battling corruption charges he and his supporters argued were politically motivated.

The support for Lula and his history as a drag performer would be politically insignificant were it not for the conservative right’s current fixation on drag shows, drag performers as well as all LGBT Americans.

Read more from John Bowden:

John Bowden25 January 2023 23:45

1674688558

Santos delivers the first House floor speech

George Santos delivered a speech on the House floor on Wednesday, his first as a member of Congress.

Instead of addressing the myriad of scandals enveloping him on a near-daily basis, the New York Republican instead spoke in favor of a resolution condemning the actions of Iran’s government in the face of widespread protests.

John Bowden25 January 2023 23:15

1674684058

Voters strongly favor embattled Rep. George Santos resigning, poll finds

A majority of New Yorkers want embattled Republican Representative George Santos to resign amid a flurry of reports that he fabricated large parts of his life story, according to a new Siena College poll.

A total of 59 percent of registered voters said Mr. Santos should resign from Congress, with 64 percent of Democrats saying he should. A plurality of Republicans – 49 percent – ​​want Mr. Santos to resign as well. That comes despite the fact that Mr. Santos flipped a district on Long Island that had voted overwhelmingly for President Joe Biden.

John Bowden25 January 2023 22:00

1674681202

Santos FEC filings draw alarm

George Santos filed an amended financial disclosure form with the FEC on Tuesday, and within minutes reporters and electoral law experts were noticing some pretty glaring issues.

For starters, there are two loans — for $500,000 and $125,000 — that are no longer identified as coming from Mr. Santos’s personal funds, as they had been previously.

And then there’s the oddly high number of donations just under the $200 limit – an occurrence that immediately raised questions about their legitimacy.

It seems like the New York congressman has another set of questions to answer as the saga of his arrival in Washington continues.

John Bowden25 January 2023 21:13

1674676280

George Santos says he isn’t lying about getting Covid

It seems like such a minor issue compared to the long list of embellishments and outright fabrications that George Santos concocted over his political career, but the congressman was able to prove one of his many now-questioned claims about himself to be true.

That’s right: George Santos really was one of the first Americans to be hospitalized with Covid-19 in March of 2020, when he was living in New York. Or, at least, it certainly appears that he was.

The congressman supplied several photos of himself in a hospital bed in some sort of isolation area as well as images of a positive Covid test to the DC-based insider news blog Semafor. Both the dates on the test and the metadata matched to March of 2020, according to the news site.

That would mean that Mr. Santos was hospitalized as a result of the very first wave of Covid hitting the city — by no means a significant achievement. If anything, the story represents how it has become newsworthy when the New York Republican actually tells the truth, given the rarity of that occurrence.

John Bowden25 January 2023 19:51

1674673258

George Santos ‘saddened’ after Republican senator calls him ‘nutty fruitcake bunny boiler’

Embattled New York Republican George Santos is “saddened” that his fellow party member John Kennedy called him “nutty as a fruitcake” and a “bunny boiler” – a reference to Glenn Close‘s unhinged, psychotic character in the 1987 movie Fatal Attraction.

Mr. Santos responded to the Louisiana Republican’s comments on Tuesday. “I am saddened that a distinguished senator from the GOP, whom I’ve respected, would use such derogatory language against me,” he said.

“Language like that is hurtful and divisive, and has no place in Congress,” he added.

Read the full story here:

John Bowden25 January 2023 19:00

Leave a Comment