Matt Gaetz Defends Lying Republican

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( – Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) has disclosed that Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.) will need to pass through the congressional ethics process in order to better understand the lies he told regarding his personal, academic and professional life and to answer questions about his finances. However, he added that Santos should not face “shunning” from other Congress members.

In an interview with CNN’s Michael Smerconish, Gaetz noted that Santos was represented by the people of New York and that those people deserved to have Congress members collaborating with the person they selected as their representative.

This is why Gaetz chose not to pass any judgment on Santos before the congressional ethics process was completed.

A growing number of Republicans have been calling for Santos’ resignation following the reports that showcased the lies he had told in his resume. Santos himself has admitted to lying about where he attended college and his previous professional experience.

However, Santos will not only have to make his case regarding the fabrications in his resume, but he will also need to provide financial information as well. This is because following his unsuccessful bid for Congress in 2020, Santos disclosed his salary to be $55,000 with no assets. Despite this in 2022, he loaned himself more than $700,000 for his campaign.

Gaetz had previously asked Santos about the origin of the $700,000 loan during an episode of Steve Bannon’s podcast “War Room,” but Santos refused to disclose where it came from. The Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan ethics watchdog, filed a complaint claiming that Santos had violated campaign finance laws.

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