New York state Attorney General Letitia James on Thursday said her office will review a New York Republican accused of fabricating parts of his life story.
George Santos, 34, was elected to the U.S. House in November to represent New York’s third congressional district and had boasted an impressive academic and professional resume during his campaign.
However, a recent New York Times investigation into Santos reveled many details about his life, including his previous employment at both Citigroup and Goldman Sachs, may have been a lie. The probe also raised many questions about his finances and campaign disclosures.
Santos faced immediate backlash following the Times’ publication of the story, but his attorney, Joseph Murray, has dismissed it as a “smear” campaign.
"George Santos represents the kind of progress that the Left is so threatened by - a gay, Latino, first generation American and Republican who won a Biden district in overwhelming fashion," Murray said in a statement published to Twitter. "It is no surprise that Congressman-elect Santos has enemies at the New York Times."
In a statement posted to his own Twitter account Thursday afternoon, Santos said: “To the people of #NY03 I have my story to tell and it will be told next week. I want to assure everyone that I will address your questions and that I remain committed to deliver the results I campaigned on; Public safety, Inflation, Education & more.”
Republican leaders in Congress have declined to answer questions about the congressman-elect.
There has been no word on whether a federal investigation will be launched into Santos alleged fraudulent behavior.