George Santos Steps Down from House Committees Amid Fraud Allegations
Representative George Santos (R – NY) is stepping down from House committee assignments. Santos informed GOP colleagues early Tuesday during
Representative George Santos (R – NY) is stepping down from House committee assignments.
Santos informed GOP colleagues early Tuesday during a conference meeting that he would be giving up his spots on the committees.
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George Santos Faces Whirlwind of Criticism
From interviewing clowns, to creating fake “posts” the media continues to down spiral as their attempt to smear me fails. I am getting the job I signed up for done, while you all spiral out of control.— George Santos (@Santos4Congress) January 27, 2023
George Santos made the choice to step down after rapid-fire allegations surfaced one after the other that the New York representative has committed fraud and lied about basically everything he’s claimed professionally.
Santos is also facing allegations that he misused campaign finances and lied about his own personal finances.
Nebraska GOP Representative Don Bacon informed reporters Tuesday that Santos told the Conference he would recuse himself from committees, saying he would do so “temporarily” and only until “things get settled.”
Santos was assigned to the Small Business Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee by the House GOP Steering Committee. The Steering Committee is a panel of Republican leaders who assign committee seats.
George Santos the Drag Queen?
Allegations of fraud, plus a possible criminal fraud investigation in Brazil, aren’t the only turbulent waters circling Santos.
Last week, images surfaced of Santos allegedly performing in drag while at an event in Brazil a number of years ago.
The most recent obsession from the media claiming that I am a drag Queen or “performed” as a drag Queen is categorically false.— George Santos (@Santos4Congress) January 19, 2023
The media continues to make outrageous claims about my life while I am working to deliver results.
I will not be distracted nor fazed by this.
While Santos seemed to scoff at the idea, images and eye witnesses corroborate the wild story. Santos, who once went by the name Anthony Devolder, appeared to back up the story himself.
Politico reports, “Embattled Rep. George Santos has claimed that reports and videos documenting him performing in drag are both ‘outrageous’ and ‘categorically false.’
But nearly a dozen years ago, Santos himself appears to have confirmed that he participated in drag shows while he was a teenager living in Brazil.
A Wikipedia page accessed by POLITICO shows a user named Anthony Devolder — a Santos alias — writing that he ‘startted [sp] his ‘stage’ life at age 17 as an gay night club [sp] DRAG QUEEN and with that won sevral [sp] GAY ‘BEAUTY PAGENTS [sp].’ ‘
The Wiki biography was last edited on April 29, 2011. It contains basic information that matches up with the newly sworn-in congressman, including Devolder being born on July 22, 1988, to a Brazilian family with a European background.”
And a former roommate says Santos went by Anthony Devolder when he knew him, soliciting donations for a charity by using a Jewish name.
The reports that I would let a dog die is shocking & insane. My work in animal advocacy was the labor of love & hard work. Over the past 24hr I have received pictures of dogs I helped rescue throughout the years along with supportive messages.— George Santos (@Santos4Congress) January 19, 2023
These distractions won’t stop me!
The funds he received, according to the intended recipient of the charity drive, were not used to help the disabled veteran whose dog was dying of cancer, but rather he claims the funds were used for personal purposes.
NPR reports, “About two weeks ago, Rich Osthoff was watching the news when suddenly he saw a familiar face.
The man had dark hair and glasses, and he was walking outside the U.S. Capitol, surrounded by reporters.
‘I didn’t recognize him right away, but I knew he’d crossed me in the past and he had done something awful to me,’ Osthoff, a Navy veteran from New Jersey, told NPR.
Then suddenly a reporter on the screen yelled something along the lines of “What’s your name today?” Osthoff said. And that’s when it struck him.
The man on television was someone he’d been introduced to in 2016 as Anthony Devolder — a man Osthoff says took thousands of dollars of money from a GoFundMe account that was meant for a lifesaving surgery for his beloved service dog. A man now known as the newly elected Republican Rep. George Santos of New York, who has been caught in a slew of lies and deceptions about his résumé, family heritage and personal life and who is now under investigation.
‘I just keep thinking, ‘How is he a member of Congress? How does somebody that low rise so high?’ ‘ Osthoff said.”
Santos has denied allegations and called speculation spurious and ridiculous, but the wolves seem to be circling.