Kevin McCarthy admits he “always had a few questions” about George Santos’ resume


House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) admitted Monday that he “always had a few questions” about the resume of Representative George Santos (RN.Y.), the newly elected congressman who was found to have lied extensively about his credentials.

“I never knew everything about his resume or not, but I always had a few questions about it,” said McCarthy, a reporter asked whether he had any idea of ​​the allegations against Santos before they became public.

‘You know, I didn’t know that. It happened – I know they corrected it, but I was not informed about it until a later date,” he said, pointing out that he had spoken to Santos about it.

McCarthy, who endorsed Santos and supported his campaign, has downplayed Santos’ fabrications and declined calls to try to kick him out of the House as the speaker navigates his leadership from an extremely narrow majority.

Santos voted for McCarthy in all 15 speaker ballots. Should he be forced to leave, McCarthy has no guarantees that the seat will be filled with an ally (or even a Republican).

“It’s one thing for a candidate like Mr. Santos to get voters to support him based on a web of lies,” the lawmakers wrote in the letter, which was addressed to McCarthy; Rep. Elise Stefanik (RN.Y.), president of the House Republican Conference; and Dan Conston, who heads the Congressional Leadership Fund PAC. “But it’s quite another thing if the top Republican leadership knew about Mr. Santos’ lies during the campaign and chose to be complicit.”


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