A Long Island district attorney indicated Wednesday that her office was probing whether Rep.-elect George Santos committed crimes in lying about his work and educational history during his campaign for Congress.
A spokesperson for Anne T. Donnelly, the Nassau County district attorney, said the office was “looking into the matter.”
"The numerous fabrications and inconsistencies associated with Congressman-Elect Santos are nothing short of stunning,” Donnelly, a Republican, said in a statement. “No one is above the law and if a crime was committed in this county, we will prosecute it."
Santos, a Republican candidate who is set to represent New York’s third congressional district, has faced criticism and calls for investigations since a New York Times report revealed earlier this month that he had lied in his campaign resume about working at two major banks and earning a degree from Baruch College.
Santos also misrepresented his religion, claiming to Jewish and pro-Israel groups that he was Jewish, despite saying Monday that he was “clearly Catholic.”
He also said in interviews Monday that he is not a property owner, despite previously claiming ownership of more than a dozen properties.
News reports have also raised questions of Santos’ stated employer, the Devolder Organization, formed in 2021, which reportedly has no known clients or assets, but which Santos has claimed managed $80 million.
A representative for Santos did not respond to a request for comment.
Santos has admitted to “embellishing” his resume, but has insisted he did not lie.
"I didn't outright lie about my work experience,” Santos told City & State New York Monday.
While much of the backlash has come from Democrats, two Republicans elected to Congress alongside Santos have called for or lended support to investigations into his campaign.
On Wednesday, Rep.-elect Mike Lawler, of New York’s 17th congressional district, called on Santos to “cooperate fully” with any ongoing investigations.
“George Santos owes the people of his district the complete and total truth about his personal and professional background, and a sincere apology for his behavior,” Lawler said in a statement posted to Twitter. “Attempts to blame others or minimize his actions are only making things worse and a complete distraction from the task at hand.”
Rep.-elect Nick LaLota, a Republican who will represent a district that neighbors Santos’ own, said in a statement Tuesday that Santos should face a “full investigation by the House Ethics Committee and, if necessary, law enforcement.”