The House Ethics Committee has completed its investigation of truth-deficient Congressman George Santos (R-NY), and what they’ve found is disturbing.
Santos spent campaign funds on OnlyFans, Sephora, and his personal credit card bills, according to the investigative report. He also dropped $4,127.80 for a purchase at Hermes.
The Ethics Committee presented hundreds of pages of evidence, including emails, text messages, and financial documents.
In addition to the OnlyFans charges allegedly paid with campaign funds, the documents suggest he spent $1,400 at Virtual Skin Spa and another $1,500 at Mirza Aesthetics for Botox; $156 at a discount liquor store; and $200 on a website called “MAGAQueens” that seems to currently be defunct.
With this evidence, the Committee released a statement concluding that there was “additional uncharged and unlawful conduct” that isn’t included in the criminal charges Santos is already facing and that this should be passed on to the Department of Justice for further handling. According to the final report:
“At the completion of its investigation, the ISC unanimously concluded that there was substantial evidence that Representative George Santos: knowingly caused his campaign committee to file false or incomplete reports with the Federal Election Commission; used campaign funds for personal purposes; engaged in fraudulent conduct in connection with RedStone Strategies LLC; and engaged in knowing and willful violations of the Ethics in Government Act as it relates to his Financial Disclosure (FD) Statements filed with the House. In light of the ongoing criminal investigation into Representative Santos, and the ISC’s findings of additional uncharged and unlawful conduct by Representative Santos, the ISC recommended that the Committee immediately refer these allegations to the Department of Justice.”
The Committee further states that it agrees with these findings by the Investigative Subcommittee (ISC), and concludes that Santos has “brought severe discredit upon the House.”
Santos released a statement condemning the Ethics Committee and the report. He said:
“It is a disgusting politicized smear that shows the depths of how low our federal government has sunk. Everyone who participated in this grave miscarriage of Justice should all be ashamed of themselves.”
He further said that he will continue “fighting for [his] rights” and will continue to represent his constituents as long as he is allowed, but announced he won’t be seeking another term because his family “deserves better than to be under the gun from the press all the time.”
Santos is already facing charges including conspiracy, wire fraud, false statements, falsification of records, aggravated identity theft, and credit card fraud, according to a Department of Justice release.
Steph Bazzle covers politics and theocracy, always aiming for a world free from extremism and authoritarianism. Follow Steph on Twitter @imjustasteph.