Paul Ryan asks George Santos to resign: “It’s a fraudulent candidacy”

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Representative George Santos lied about key details of his life, upbringing and background. Former GOP House Chairman Paul Ryan told CNN’s Jake Tapper that Santos should step down. “I can’t imagine the guy is going to stick around very long,” Ryan told Tapper. Something is loading.

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Former GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan does not believe Rep. George Santos of New York will be able to retain his seat in the House of Representatives.

Prior to the midterm elections, The North Shore Leader published an article questioning Santos’ source of income and real estate. And before he was sworn in to Congress last week, The New York Times published a report revealing that he fabricated much of his resume. Reports continued to circulate that he was being dishonest about his life experiences, background, etc.

The revelations led to calls for his resignation.

Ryan, who decided not to seek re-election in 2018 after serving as Speaker of the House, was asked about Santos on Thursday by CNN’s Jake Tapper.

“Congressman George Santos, he apparently lied about everything on his resume,” Tapper told Ryan to cap off a 12-minute interview. “At least six House Republicans have said he should step down, including five New York Republicans. Do you agree ?

“Of course I agree,” Ryan replied. “I guess they’ll probably let the ethics committee take its course.”

Representatives Daniel Goldman and Ritchie Torres of New York have filed a formal complaint with the House Ethics Committee demanding an investigation of Santos, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

“It’s a fraudulent application. It’s not an embellished application, it’s a fraudulent application,” Ryan added. “He deceived his constituents. So, of course, he should resign.”

Santos is the subject of campaign finance complaints and is being investigated by New York prosecutors. He is also being investigated in Brazil over allegations that he used stolen checks. Still, Santos has made it clear on several occasions that he has no interest in stepping down.

“However, he doesn’t strike me as an honorable person. I don’t know this guy,” Ryan said before the interview ended. “I can’t imagine the guy is going to stick around for very long.”

Santos did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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