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Newly elected Republican to Congress accused of lying on appeal

A Republican member of the House of Representatives, who snatched a seat from Democrats in New York state in the November elections, has been accused of widespread lying on his resume, according to an investigation by The New York Times, prompting his opponent to demand his resignation. Even before its installation.

George Santos was elected to the third district of this US state, and he reacted with a statement from his attorney, Joseph Murray, saying that he was “not surprised that there were enemies in The New York Times trying to discredit him with defamatory accusations.”

In an investigation, The New York Times revealed that Jorge Santos, the son of Brazilian immigrants born in Queens, New York, and an openly gay candidate, could have lied on several points on his resume, such as having a degree in finance from Baruch College in New York. In 2010, he worked for Citigroup or Goldman Sachs Investment Bank. Spokespersons for those three entities confirmed to The New York Times that they had found no trace of the new elected official, who is scheduled to take office in early January.

Baruch College confirmed to AFP that it did not find George Santos graduate circa 2010 in its files.

The New York Daily also questions the work of Friends of pet united, in English, put forward by the former candidate, and also believes that his financial advisory firm, Devolder Organization, is something of a mystery.

In his financial statement to the House of Representatives, filed in September, George Santos confirmed that the company paid him a salary of $750,000 and dividends of between $1 million and $5 million. But, the New York Times notes, the form did not include “any information about the clients who might have contributed such spoils, a clear violation of disclosure requirements for any compensation over $5,000 from a single source.”

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“The truth is, Santos lied completely to the electorate (…) and does not deserve to represent Long Island and Queens,” counters his Democratic opponent, Robert Zimmerman, who was defeated in the November 8 midterm elections.

He demanded his resignation and “an immediate investigation by the House Ethics Committee, the Federal Election Commission, and the Attorney General.”

New York State, which is considered pro-Democratic, has seen many elected House seats swing to the Republican side, contributing to their narrow majority in the Washington House of Representatives. Democrats maintained a majority in the Senate.