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NY DA opens investigation into Rep.-elect Santos amid revelations he lied about his background

"No one is above the law and if a crime was committed in this county, we will prosecute it," she said.

Published: December 28, 2022 5:27pm

Updated: December 28, 2022 5:49pm

New York Republican Rep.-elect George Santos faces an investigation from the Nassau County District Attorney after reports emerged that he lied about his education, work experience and family background, during the 2022 midterms.

Anne Donnelly, Nassau's DA, announced the investigation on Wednesday, saying "[t]he numerous fabrications and inconsistencies associated with Congressman-Elect Santos are nothing short of stunning. The residents of Nassau County and other parts of the third district must have an honest and accountable representative in Congress."

"No one is above the law and if a crime was committed in this county, we will prosecute it," she said, according to Fox News. Donnelly's county is a part of the district which Santos will soon represent when he takes office.

Santos, who flipped a Long Island congressional district in November, has admitted that he falsely claimed to have graduated from Baruch College, but had not in fact ever received a college degree. Moreover, he claimed to have worked for both Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, but later said he worked for a separate company that did business with both firms.

He even claimed that his grandparents had fled Nazi Germany to avoid the Holocaust, though reports have emerged questioning that claim as well. Santos identifies as a Roman Catholic.

Robert Zimmerman, Santos's Democratic opponent, has since called on him to resign and face him in a special election.

Santos has thus far resisted calls to resign.

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