George Santos is now a member of Congress amid ongoing investigations

Republican George Santos became a full member of the 118th Congress early Saturday morning, sworn in to represent part of New York City and Long Island for, presumably, a two-year term.

So far, Santos has resisted calls to resign following revelations about his background, which he appears to have largely fabricated. His fellow Republicans have also shown little appetite to pressure him to resign.

The list of things he appears to have made up is staggering, including apparent falsehoods about his religious affiliation, educational background, ancestry—even his mother’s death.

But whether he can be prosecuted is still an open question.

Santos faces federal and local investigations: Authorities in Nassau County, New York, have vowed to prosecute any wrongdoing while federal prosecutors have said they are probing his finances.

Marjorie Taylor Greene chats with George Santos on Thursday.
Marjorie Taylor Greene chats with George Santos on Thursday.

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Santos admitted to “exaggerating[ing]” and “embellished” his resume after The New York Times said reporters could not substantiate several basic details about him, such as that he worked for Goldman Sachs, graduated from Baruch College, or ran an animal rescue charity called Friends of Pets United. The Times report also cast doubt on the source of his income and wealth, finding little evidence that his supposed family business actually exists.

Questions also hang over how he financed his successful campaign. Santos beat Democrat Robert Zimmerman by about eight points in November, becoming the first openly gay freshman Republican in the House.

“I’m not a criminal,” he told The New York Post in late December.

“This [controversy] will not deter me from having good legislative success. I want to be efficient. I’m going to be good.”

Santos’ new Republican colleagues, for their part, do not seem to have given him the warmest welcome. After being mobbed by reporters as soon as he arrived on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Santos was later pictured sitting alone during House Republicans’ protracted battle to pick a leader. But as the week progressed, he was seen chatting amicably with another controversial House Republican — Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.).

Republicans finally chose Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to speak in the House of Representatives late Friday night, allowing the congressmen to be sworn in and officially seated.

Santos voted for McCarthy in all 15 rounds.

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