Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.) is facing several federal charges, a significant step in the investigations that have plagued him since even before he took office.
Sources tell Fwrd Axis News that Santos is expected to appear at Long Island Federal Courthouse in Central Islip, N.Y., on Wednesday.
CNN was the first to report of Santos facing charges.
Back in December, it was announced federal prosecutors were opening an investigation into Santos and were examining his finances, including possible irregularities involving financial disclosures and loans he made to his congressional campaign.
Santos announced his re-election campaign last month amid several investigations into his past. Republican Reps. Mike Lawler and Marcus Molinaro of New York reiterated their calls for him to step down after the news broke Tuesday.
“There’s a clock ticking, and George Santos should have resigned in December. He should have resigned in January,” Molinaro said. “He should have resigned yesterday, and maybe he’ll resign today, but sooner or later, honesty and justice will be delivered to him.”
The House Ethics Committee recently opened an investigation into if Santos may have “engaged in unlawful activity” while campaigning for Congress or whether he “failed to properly disclose required information on statements filed with the House.”
No court documents associated with the case were made available. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of New York declined to comment.
Meanwhile, Democratic Reps. Ritchie Torres, Dan Goldman, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York said Santos should have stepped down long ago.
“He will have his day in court,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
Goldman went further, suggesting Republican leadership should expel Santos immediately from Congress.
“I think the speaker should encourage him to resign, and if not, I think we ought to bring the expulsion motion that has already been filed to the floor.”