U.S. Reps. Ritchie Torres and Dan Goldman Issue Statements after House Ethics Committee Opens Investigation into Possible Illegal Activity by Rep. George Santos

Mar 02, 2023
Press

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Ritchie Torres (NY-15) and U.S. Representative Dan Goldman (NY-10) today issued the following statements after the House Committee on Ethics voted to establish a new investigative subcommittee to determine whether U.S. Representative George Santos (NY-03) may have engaged in unlawful activity with respect to his 2022 congressional campaign, failed to properly disclose required information on statements filed with the House, violated federal conflict of interest laws in connection with his role at a failed investment firm providing fiduciary services, and/or engaged in sexual misconduct towards an individual seeking employment in his congressional office:

“Given everything we know that Rep. George Santos has lied about with respect to his personal and professional life, and his blatant violations of federal campaign finance and securities laws, I don’t see how the House Ethics Committee could’ve reached any other decision but to launch this investigation,” said Rep. Torres. “It’s imperative the House be unafraid to holds its own members accountable to uphold the dignity of integrity of the institution, which is why I was proud to join my colleague, Rep. Dan Goldman, last month in filing the formal ethics complaint to begin the investigative process that is now unfolding. Rep. Santos, by his own admission, is a terrible liar who’s done a great disservice to the people of his district and whose presence in Congress continues to represent a grave threat and danger to our democracy and national security. Fortunately, we’re one step closer to holding him accountable for his corruption and deception and hopefully removing him from office once and for all. I am hopeful the Ethics Committee will move swiftly with the full cooperation of Rep. Santos.”

“After filing a complaint with the House Committee on Ethics in January, Congressman Torres and I are encouraged that the Committee has unanimously agreed that George Santos’s conduct warrants a full investigation,” Congressman Dan Goldman said. “It is imperative that the committee proceed with this investigation quickly and expeditiously. More importantly, Mr. Santos must fully cooperate with the investigation as he has promised to do and as is his duty and obligation as a member of the House of Representatives. If he does not fully cooperate as required, he should immediately be expelled from Congress.”

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