Member of the United States Congress (US) from the Republican Party George Santos entangled in a number of scandals. Photo/REUTERS
WASHINGTON – The Washington Post reports Republican member of the United States (US) Congress George Santos is linked to Andrew Intrater, cousin of sanctioned Russian businessman Viktor Vekselberg.
Santos has admitted falsifying part of his background prior to his election to the US House of Representatives.
“Since 2020, Intrater and his wife have each awarded Santos’ primary campaign committee a maximum of $5,800 in addition to tens of thousands of other dollars to committees linked to congressmen,” the Washington Post report said, citing US Federal Election Commission documents.
The Congressman himself acknowledged that the Intrater company was his “client”. “However, Santos’ relationship with Intrater allegedly developed over the years and turned out to be deeper than previously known,” the paper said.
“According to US Securities and Exchange Commission data, Intrater sent hundreds of thousands of dollars to a Harbor City company, one of Santos’ employers, accused of running a financial pyramid scheme,” the report said.
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“The bond between Santos and Intrater reflects the means of personal and political support enjoyed by members of Congress,” said the Washington Post.
On Sunday, Republican chairman on the House of Representatives Oversight Committee James Comer said Santos could be removed from office if found to have violated campaign finance laws.
Comer called his fellow Republican lawmakers “bad guys” and stressed he disagreed with Santos’ way of going to Congress.
“Still, Santos is not the first politician to be dishonest about this part of his biography,” said Comer.
In December 2022, federal prosecutors launched an investigation into the claims against Santos. Last Monday, the Campaign Law Center, a nonpartisan government watchdog group, filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission claiming Santos and its 2022 campaign committee also violated campaign finance laws.
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