Lying Long Island Republican Rep. George Santos pleaded not guilty to 10 additional campaign finance fraud charges on Friday during an arraignment hearing in Long Island federal court.Santos, 35, faces a maximum sentence of 22 years in prison if convicted.On the eve of his appearance, the 35-year-old said he would not resign and was “entitled to due process and not a predetermined outcome as some are seeking.”The rep from New York’s Third District was likely referring to a resolution to expel him from Congress that fellow Long Island GOP Rep. Anthony D’Esposito introduced on Thursday, along with four other Empire State Republican cosponsors.“The superseding indictment that he is going to court tomorrow for is based on his treasurer’s guilty plea,” Rep. Mike Lawler, one of the co-sponsors, told reporters. “So you have now a conviction in this case that very clearly lays out what he did and how he did it.”The resolution also lists the whoppers Santos told about his personal and professional history, including that his grandparents escaped the Holocaust and his mother narrowly survived the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.It could be voted on as soon as next week.The indictment follows the 13 charges Santos was hit with in May for alleged embezzlement and lying to Congress — and an admission earlier this month by former campaign treasurer Nancy Marks that she and the representative falsified loan and donor information.Prosecutors with the Eastern District of New York unveiled the superseding charges against the congressman on Oct. 10, alleging he stole the identities of campaign donors and racked up $44,000 on their credit cards without authorization.They also alleged that Santos falsely claimed to have loaned his campaign around $500,000 — despite his bank accounts registering less than $8,000 at the time.The other allegations include inflating campaign funding numbers to qualify for a national party committee program and fibbing on finance reports that at least 10 Santos family contributed to the congressman’s campaign.Santos has called the recent charges against him “bullsh–t” and said he will not resign.“I don’t know the back ends and the back door systems of the FEC, how — how reports are filed, so to even blame me on false statements of the FEC is absolute bulls–t,” Santos told reporters the day after the charges were filed. “I’ve never once even saw what a report looked like,” he insisted. “I didn’t handle the finances.”The truth-challenged pol also hinted that he retained texts and emails between himself and Marks that would exonerate him.
27 Ekim 2023 - 18:40
Rep. George Santos pleads not guilty to campaign finance fraud charges
Long Island Republican Rep. George Santos pleaded not guilty to 10 additional campaign finance fraud charges on Friday during an arraignment hearing in Long Island federal court.
27 Ekim 2023 - 18:40