GOP Rep.-elect George Santos of New York admitted in two separate interviews on Monday to mendacity about elements of his resume however claimed that he hasn’t dedicated any crimes and intends to serve in Congress.
Santos has faced scrutiny over discrepancies in his employment and training historical past, in addition to different public claims he has made about his biography. In interviews with WABC radio and the New York Submit – the primary instances Santos has spoken publicly concerning the controversy – he acknowledged that he had fabricated some info.
“I’m not a prison. Not right here, not overseas, in any jurisdiction on this planet have I ever dedicated any crimes,” Santos stated in an interview with WABC radio host John Catsimatidis.
“To get right down to the nit and gritty, I’m not a fraud. I’m not a prison who defrauded the whole nation and made up this fictional character and ran for Congress. I’ve been round a very long time. I imply, lots of people know me. They know who I’m. They’ve completed enterprise dealings with me,” he added.
“I’m not going to make excuses for this, however lots of people overstate of their resumes, or twist somewhat bit. … I’m not saying I’m not responsible of that,” he stated.
Santos additionally admitted that he by no means labored instantly for the monetary corporations Citigroup and Goldman Sachs, as he has beforehand prompt, however claimed that he did do work for them via his firm, telling the New York Post it was a “poor alternative of phrases” to say he labored for them.
He additionally advised the Submit that he didn’t graduate from any faculty or college, regardless of claiming he had levels from Baruch Faculty and New York College.
“I didn’t graduate from any establishment of upper studying. I’m embarrassed and sorry for having embellished my resume,” he advised the Submit, including that he owns as much as that and that “we do silly issues in life.”
He advised WABC, “I wish to guarantee that if I disillusioned anybody by resume embellishment, I’m sorry.”
The New York Instances first revealed final week that Santos’ biography seemed to be partly fictional. CNN confirmed particulars of that reporting, together with about his faculty training and employment historical past.
CNN’s KFile also reported final week that claims by Santos that his grandparents “survived the Holocaust” as Ukrainian Jewish refugees from Belgium who modified their surname are contradicted by sources together with household bushes compiled by family tree web sites, data on Jewish refugees and interviews with a number of genealogists. A lawyer for Santos had declined to remark to CNN.
“I by no means claimed to be Jewish,” Santos advised the Submit. “I’m Catholic. As a result of I discovered my maternal household had a Jewish background I stated I used to be ‘Jew-ish.’”
Santos had stated he was “very proud” of his “Jewish heritage” as just lately as a late November 2022 appearance with the Jewish Information Syndicate.
CNN has reached out to Home GOP management and the Nationwide Republican Congressional Committee within the wake of Santos’ admissions. Home GOP management was silent amid final week’s revelations. Minority Chief Kevin McCarthy wouldn’t reply CNN’s questions Thursday when requested if he was involved about obvious misrepresentations.
Santos defeated Democrat Robert Zimmerman in a newly drawn district overlaying elements of Queens and a few close by Lengthy Island suburbs, flipping management to Republicans, who dominated the New York suburbs on their strategy to profitable a Home majority.
It was Santos’ second run – he misplaced to Democratic Rep. Tom Suozzi in 2020 – and many of the criticism he confronted throughout his current marketing campaign centered on his attendance of former President Donald Trump’s rally in Washington on January 6, 2021, and a video by which he claimed to have written a “good test” to assist alleged rioters with their authorized charges.
This story has been up to date with further context.