(CNN) The House Ethics Committee announced Thursday that it will officially move forward with an investigation into embattled Rep. Jorge Santos as the New York Republican faces mounting legal troubles and calls for his resignation. For lying extensively About his biography and biography.
The ethics committee said in a news release that it voted to create an investigative subcommittee with the authority to find out about a number of issues, including whether Santos engaged in illegal activities related to his 2022 congressional campaign.
According to the release, the investigative committee will have the authority to determine whether Santos “may have engaged in illegal activity in connection with his 2022 congressional campaign; failed to properly disclose required information on reports filed in Congress, violated federal conflict of interest laws.” connection with his role in an organization providing fiduciary services; and/or sexually assaulted a person seeking employment in his congressional office.”
Santos responded to the investigation notice in a tweet.
“The House Committee on Ethics has opened an investigation, and Congressman Jorge Santos is cooperating fully,” his office’s Twitter account wrote. “No further comment will be made at this time.”
Santos told CNN in early February He was “not worried” about a House ethics investigation or New York constituents calling for his resignation.
“Are you saying that my constituents’ freedom of speech is interfering with my work?” Santos said. “Do you think people are interfering with my work here?”
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