With revelations about his past stacking up, George Santos arrives in Washington for the start of a new Congress.
Elected to the House of Representatives, he has been embroiled in a growing scandal amid revelations that he lied about his work experience, education, and even his faith.
New York Republicans who flocked to the press on Tuesday remained silent and repeatedly avoided questions about his background.
Rep. George Santos does not answer various screaming questions on his way to the Capitol for the start of the 118th Congress.
– Do you regret what you did?
-Do you have any regrets or apologies?
– Why should legislators trust anything you say? pic.twitter.com/9RgAK6Z4wm
— Kevin Frey (@KevinFreyTV) January 3, 2023
Local, state and federal level investigators, and now in Brazil, are looking into Santos. The New York Times reported that Brazilian law enforcement intends to revive fraud charges against Santos that stemmed from an incident involving his stolen checkbook 15 years ago.
Speaking to Spectrum News NY1, incoming New York Republicans were critical of Santos and urged investigators to cooperate.
“I am disappointed in George Santos. The extent of his dishonesty is very disturbing,” said Congressman Mark Molinaro.
“This is embarrassing.
But so far particularly silent are House Republican leaders, including upstate New York congressman and Republican Conference Speaker Ellis Stefanik, who backed Santos.
Stefanik’s team has not responded to multiple requests for comment.
Brooklyn and Manhattan Democratic Rep.-elect Dan Goldman, a former federal prosecutor, claimed their silence was telling.
“The fact that they’re not blaming it shows that George Santos is at the heart of this Republican party,” Goldman said.
One thing Santos told reporters on Tuesday is that he intended to endorse California Congressman Kevin McCarthy as a speaker. was able to take advantage of any supporters he could find.