George Santos Facing Assault Allegation and Probe

George Santos Facing Assault Allegation and Probe

( – Representative George Santos (R-NY) has had a rocky start to his congressional career. Within weeks of being elected, mainstream media began questioning his claims about his background, and he’s been forced to admit that he invented some of the details. He’s currently under investigation over questions about his finances. Now, he’s also been accused of sexual assault.

Last November, Santos defeated Democrat Robert Zimmerman in New York’s traditionally blue Third Congressional District. After his victory, he was held up as an example of “the kind of progress that the Left is so threatened by” — a first-generation American, openly gay, and with an impressive resume that included a degree and jobs at two major Wall Street firms. However, on December 19, the New York Times published an article claiming Santos had “misrepresented” much of that resume. A week later, Santos admitted “embellishing” his personal history.

Since then, it’s also emerged that in 2008, Santos was charged with fraud in Brazil after passing stolen checks, but didn’t turn up for his court hearing. He’s currently being investigated by New York Attorney General Letitia James as well as federal and county prosecutors. And, on February 3, it emerged that a former office volunteer claims Santos sexually assaulted him last month.

In January, Derek Myers spent a week working as a volunteer in Santos’s congressional office. He says that during that time the representative touched his groin without consent and invited him to his home, saying his husband was away. Santos is strongly denying the allegations, but Myers claims to have reported the incident to Capitol police and says he thinks other staffers could already have been questioned by the House Ethics Committee.

Santos hit back at that claim, saying he “doesn’t know” if his team is being interviewed. One staffer later denied that interviews were happening. Whether the Ethics Committee is involved or not, though, it’s adding more pressure to a congressman who already has his back to the wall.

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