Washington— Two New York Democratic lawmakers file a formal complaint with the House Ethics Committee on Tuesday against GOP Rep. George Santos, alleging he violated federal ethics law.
The two lawmakers, Representatives Ritchie Torres and Daniel Goldman, asked the House panel to investigate whether Santos, also of New York, violated the Government Ethics Act by failing to file “reports of timely, accurate and complete financial disclosure”. They delivered their ethics complaint to Santos’ office.
Torres and Goldman have alleged that Santos’ 2020 and 2022 financial disclosure reports are “sparse and confusing,” and say the Republican’s public statements “contradicted certain information included in the 2022 financial disclosure and confirmed that the disclosure 2022 financial statement did not disclose further information”.
“Given the revelations about his biography, as well as public information regarding his financial statements, Mr. Santos failed to uphold the integrity expected of members of the House of Representatives,” the two Democrats wrote to Representatives Michael Guest, a Republican and Susan Wild, a Democrat, who lead the committee.
Goldman was the Democrats’ lead attorney in former President Donald Trump’s first impeachment proceedings.
“George Santos, by his own admission, is an outright fraud. The House has an obligation to control itself and maintain the integrity of the institution,” he said. wrote on Twitteradding that the complaint to the ethics committee is the “first step” in holding Santos accountable.
Torres accused Santos to “defraud both Congress and the public”.
Asked about Torres and Goldman’s complaint, Santos told reporters “they are free to do whatever they want” and said he had “not done anything unethical.”
Santos, who was sworn in early Saturday morning, is under surveillance and faces calls to resign after heof his background during his successful congressional bid, including his education and professional background.
examine the New York Republican’s finances and financial disclosures, as well as the lies he peddled on the campaign trail and whether he complied with the law.
Santos is also thefiled with the Federal Election Commission on Monday accusing him of illegally using campaign funds for personal expenses and providing false information about the source of his campaign donations and expenses. The lawsuit was filed by the Campaign Legal Center and questions whether $705,000 in campaign contributions improperly came from a corporation or foreign national.
In addition to Goldman and Torres, GOP Rep. Nick LaLota of New York said last month that Santos should be investigated by the House Ethics Committee and possibly law enforcement.
Republican leaders have remained relatively silent on Santos and his future in the conference given the allegations against him, although Majority Leader Steve Scalise told reporters on Tuesday that the matter was “handled internally” and that GOP leaders should meet with Santos and talk to him.
“Obviously there were concerns about what we had heard,” Scalise said.