October 28, 2023

Rep. George Santos pleads 'not guilty' again

Rep. George Santos (R-NY) pleaded not guilty to 10 new allegations of multiple frauds, including the unauthorized use of campaign supporters' credit cards to make purchases totaling tens of thousands of dollars.

On Oct. 27, Santos' counsel entered the plea on his behalf at a courthouse on Long Island, as the Epoch Times reported.

The 10 charges were initially disclosed in a superseding indictment filed on Oct. 10, bringing the total number of counts faced by Santos to 23, 13 of which were submitted earlier this year.

The Charges

One count of conspiracy to commit offenses against the United States, two counts of wire fraud, two counts of making materially false statements to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) was added to the list of charges.

Santos was also charged with two counts of falsifying records submitted to the FEC, two counts of aggravated identity theft, and one count of access device fraud are among the charges facing the 35-year-old first-term congressman.

Santos pled not guilty to thirteen federal offenses in May. There were seven counts of wire fraud, three counts of money laundering, one count of larceny from the public treasury, and two counts of providing Congress with materially false information.

Some of the lawmaker's New York Republican colleagues advanced their campaign to have him expelled from Congress the morning before his court date. The beleaguered legislator exited the courthouse without speaking to the media, but he did smile and wave at a group of insult-yelling protesters across the street.

Santos Career

Santos has continued to represent his New York district in Congress, despite demands for his resignation from a number of his colleagues in the state.

Rep. Anthony D'Esposito, whose district borders the one that elected Santos, stated in a Thursday declaration that the neighboring lawmaker should be expelled from the House because he is unsuitable to represent his constituents.

Four other New York Republicans joined him: Representatives Nick LaLota, Michael Lawler, Marc Molinaro, and Brandon Williams.

At the time the allegations were filed, former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) supported an investigation into Santos' actions by the Ethics Committee.

During an Oct. 26 interview with Sean Hannity of Fox News, newly elected House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) addressed the issue of the New York lawmaker's possible expulsion but was unsure how a full vote on the matter would fall.

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