Embattled Santos: ‘I’m Entitled To Due Process’

George Santos. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

U.S. Congressman George Santos (R-NY) left the federal courthouse in Long Island, N.Y. with 23 more charges added to his rap sheet.

Santos, 35, pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy, wire fraud, falsifying records and aggravated identity theft. 

A trial is scheduled for September 2024.

The indictment supersedes 13 charges leveled against him in May that include defrauding donors, money laundering and wrongfully claiming unemployment benefits.

The new charges come as members of his own party presented a resolution calling for Santos to be expelled from Congress. 

Santos continued to resist calls for his resignation, posting on X (formerly known as Twitter) that he had not cleared out his office and is entitled to due process.

That due process includes a former bookkeeper for Santos’ congressional campaign who pleaded guilty Oct. 5 to false statements, obstructing federal campaign regulators, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft as part of a scheme to falsely report a $500,000 loan to qualify the campaign for assistance from the national Republican Party.

Santos won the 2022 election for New York’s third congressional district, but shortly after it was revealed he had lied about large swaths of his background, including his education, work history and religion. Among his most grievous lies were claiming his mother died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks and that he lost four employees in the Pulse Nightclub massacre in Orlando.


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