Freshman New York Rep. George Santos has been caught making false representations about his background, education and work experience during his successful congressional campaign, but a new report indicates the Republican also fabricated a story about his mother that survived the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center.
Santos’ campaign website features a section on his family’s background, including a claim that his mother was working at the World Trade Center when the planes flew into the towers.
“George’s mother was in her office in the South Tower on September 11, 2001, when the horrific events of that day unfolded. She survived the tragic events of September 11, but passed away a few years later when she lost her battle against cancer.” says the website.
However, according to a Washington Post report, the congressman’s mother, Fatima Devolder, not only was not at the World Trade Center that day, she was not even in the United States. The Post, citing visa records obtained from a Freedom of Information Act request by certified public accountant Alex Calzareth, reported that Devolder applied to enter the US from Brazil in 2003 and that his application indicated that he had been in the US for the last time in 1999.
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Fox News reached out to Santos’s office for comment on the report, but did not immediately respond.
The report comes as Santos is embroiled in controversy over a series of claims he has made about his background. The congressman has already admitted to lying about his education and work experience, and has been accused of lying about his Jewish status, something Santos denied doing, reportedly telling the New York Post that he only said he was “Jewish.” after learning about his mother’s family history.
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On Tuesday, New York Democratic Reps. Ritchie Torres, whose district includes most of the South Bronx, and Dan Goldman, whose district includes parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn, filed a formal complaint with the House Ethics Committee against Santos. for alleged violation of Ethics in Government Law.
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Santos has faced increasing calls for his resignation from Democrats and Republicans alike, including the Nassau County Republican Party, which operates within Santos’s congressional district. They were the first major Republican group to call for his resignation.
Still, Santos has been adamant that he will not resign.