Republican Party’s George Santos, who has been under scrutiny for lying on his resume for quite some time now, has admitted that he had indeed fabricated facts about his career.
In two separate interviews, Santos has now agreed that he had indeed lied on his resumes. The two interviews were given to WABC Radio and the New York Post.
In his interview on WABC Radio, the 34-year-old politician said, “I am not a criminal. Not here, not abroad, in any jurisdiction in the world have I ever committed any crimes”.
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He further said, “To get down to the nit and gritty, I’m not a fraud. I’m not a criminal who defrauded the entire country and made up this fictional character and ran for Congress. I’ve been around a long time. I mean, a lot of people know me. They know who I am. They’ve done business dealings with me”.
During his campaign, George Santos, 34, boasted impressive academic and professional credentials and portrayed himself as an embodiment of the American dream. After growing up in a working-class, immigrant family in Queens and getting a high school equivalency diploma, he said he had a lighting-fast rise in the world of finance, culminating in his participation in “landmark deals on Wall Street.”
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Yet a college where Santos said he earned a finance degree was unable to find records showing he attended. Several companies where Santos said he worked had no record of him having been an employee.
The potential problems with Santos’ resume were first reported Monday by The New York Times. The newspaper also raised questions about the truthfulness of other aspects of Santos’ life story and disclosed he faced an unresolved criminal fraud investigation in Brazil, where his family once lived.
Santos had earlier claimed that he had worked with companies like Citigroup and Goldman Sachs. His resume also stated that he was a graduate from Baruch College and New York University. However, all of this has now been revealed to be lies.
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Santos told the New York Post, “I didn’t graduate from any institution of higher learning. I’m embarrassed and sorry for having embellished my resume,” further adding, “we do stupid things in life.”