Rep. George Santos (Republican-New York) sits on the House floor before US President Joe Biden delivers his State of the Union address at the Washington State Capitol on February 7, 2023.
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The House Ethics Committee said Thursday it appointed a subcommittee to investigate troubled Rep. George Santos, RN.Y., for various potential ethics violations.
The subcommittee will investigate whether Santos engaged in illegal activities in the 2022 parliamentary elections and “failed to adequately disclose required information in statements submitted to the House of Representatives,” the news release said. I’m here.
The committee also asked whether Santos had violated federal conflict of interest laws related to his work at the financial firm and whether he had committed “sexual misconduct against individuals seeking employment in his congressional office.” We plan to investigate whether the
Santos, a newcomer to the House of Representatives, has come under fire shortly before taking office in January following a string of media reports revealing he lied about details of his professional, personal and educational background. .
“The House Ethics Committee has launched an investigation and Rep. George Santos is cooperating fully. No further comment at this time,” Santos wrote in a tweet from his official Twitter account.
Ohio Republican Rep. David Joyce was nominated to chair a subcommittee of inquiry by the House Ethics Committee, which unanimously approved the creation of the committee on Tuesday, a news release said. Stated.
Rep. Susan Wilde of Pennsylvania serves as the panel’s Democratic ranking.
“The Commission notes that the mere fact of establishing a subcommittee of inquiry does not, in and of itself, indicate that a violation has occurred.
The investigation into possible sexual misconduct by Santos is related to allegations made last month by a man named Derek Myers, who said that he was a member of Congress when Myers was exploring the possibility of working on Santos staff. touched him.
Santos denies Myers’ allegations.
In a statement to CNBC, Myers said, “The misconduct by Congressmen is an unfortunate series of events.”
“The evidence is strong regarding my involvement. The evidence will be disclosed to the commission if the commission demands me,” Myers said. “Who will the committee and the American people believe? Someone who openly admitted to being a pathological liar to secure a seat in the House of Representatives, or a career journalist who was about to take a break in the Hills, spend his life Who is telling the truth and facts, and who has hard evidence?”
– CNBC’s Kevin Brenninger Contributed to this article.