George Santos: behind-the-scenes photos with the embattled US Congressman during a House ethics inquiry
- The Republican fabulist faces federal, state and local investigations
- House-approved panel to review multiple lies and allegations of sexual misconduct
- Santos said he intends to run for re-election regardless of calls for resignation
Whether in the halls of Congress or at home in his district, embattled U.S. Representative George Santos (RN.Y.) spends much of his time in seclusion with his staff, even being spurned by fellow Republicans.
He walks with long, fast strides, making it difficult for reporters to keep up and not seek out a conversation. On a February day that a Reuters photographer spent with him in his New York office, few locals showed up, giving Santos ample time to read his mail — which included a card with the Pittsburgh postmark that read ” resign now”.
Since winning the election in November, Santos has admitted fabricating much of his resume, receiving ethics complaints from other members of Congress and calls from fellow New York Republicans to resign. On Thursday, the House Ethics Committee said it had launched an investigation.
What does it say, George? Rep. George Santos (R-NY) reads a fortune cookie after lunch at his district office in Douglaston, New York amid multiple investigations
A federal watchdog charged him with violating campaign finance laws by hiding funding sources and using donor money to pay personal rent. Last month, the Federal Election Commission warned he could be breaking the law by raising money without formally announcing his re-election campaign.
Santos has vowed to serve his two-year term, but with no commission assignments; he has little work to do.
Santos declined to be interviewed for this article.
Official business cards of U.S. Representative George Santos (R-NY) lie on his desk on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC
Rep. George Santos (R-NY) responds as he reads hate mail at his district office in Douglaston, New York
An aide to U.S. Representative George Santos (R-NY) holds a postcard telling him to resign, posted from outside his home state, at his district office in Douglaston, New York
Rep. George Santos (R-NY) exits the Fox News building after his interview with TV host Piers Morgan in Manhattan, New York