Kevin McCarthy told MSNBC he “always had a few questions” about George Santos’ resume. A Santos staffer has been accused of impersonating McCarthy’s chief of staff in 2020 and 2022. McCarthy told MSNBC that he told Santos about the impersonation scandal. Something is loading.
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Chairman Kevin McCarthy says he’s always had “questions” about embattled GOP Rep. George Santos’ resume.
Speaking to MSNBC on Monday, McCarthy said, “I never knew everything about his resume or not, but I always had a few questions about it.”
MSNBC also asked McCarthy about a CNBC report released in January about Santos staffer Sam Miele. Miele impersonated McCarthy chief of staff Dan Meyer in fundraising phone calls as Santos ran for office in 2020 and 2022, CNBC reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
“You know, I didn’t know that. It happened – and I know they fixed it, but I didn’t find out until later,” he said. McCarthy added that he spoke to Santos about the impersonation scandal.
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McCarthy, who hasn’t taken a strong stance against Santos, said Jan. 11 that he wouldn’t force Santos out and let “voters decide” what to do with the New York congressman. Voters will no longer be able to vote in the Santos seat until November 2024.
Scandal Santos admitted he lied about his education, heritage and work experience, including made-up stints at Goldman Sachs and Citigroup. Questions about the congressman’s real name have also been raised after he was seen introducing himself as ‘Anthony Devolder’ in a 2019 music video.
Long Island prosecutors said Dec. 28 they had opened an investigation into Santos. Long Island Republicans and the New York State GOP in January also called on Santos to step down, but Santos refused to do so.
Representatives for Santos and McCarthy did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment.