Santos Says He Won’t Seek Reelection After Release of Ethics Report
Investigators found substantial evidence Santos knowingly violated ethics guidelines
House investigators found "substantial evidence" that Rep. George Santos (R-NY) knowingly violated ethics guidelines, House rules and criminal laws, according to a House Ethics Committee report released Thursday that prompted Santos to declare he would not seek reelection next year.
The report detailed an array of alleged misconduct that included Santos stealing money from his campaign, deceiving donors about how contributions would be used, creating fictitious loans and engaging in fraudulent business dealings. Santos, the report alleged, repeatedly used funds intended for his campaign for personal enrichment, including spa charges and paying down his own credit card debt.
"Representative Santos' conduct warrants public condemnation, is beneath the dignity of the office, and has brought severe discredit upon the House," Reps. Michael Guest (R-MS) and Susan Wild (D-PA), the committee's chairman and senior Democrat, said in a joint statement.
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