The Department of Justice asked the Federal Election Commission to stand down and wait to enforce action against Representative George Santos (R-NY) while prosecutors conduct a similar criminal investigation.
Santos, who was elected to Congress in November after flipping New York’s 3rd Congressional District, is under extreme scrutiny and several federal investigations related to lying about his biography, including his educational background, work experience, and finances.
Two people familiar with the Justice Department’s probe told the Washington Post that the Justice Department asked the FEC to provide them with any relevant documents that can be used for the investigation.
“It has come to the attention of the Federal Election Commission that you may have failed to include the true, correct, or complete treasurer information,” the FEC wrote in a Thursday letter to Thomas Datwyler, the newly listed treasurer of the Santos campaign.
The letter also asks Datwyler him to confirm that he is in fact now in charge of the campaign’s accounts.
“On Monday we informed the Santos campaign that Mr. Datwyler would not be serving as treasurer. It appears there’s a disconnect between that conversation and the filings [Wednesday] which we did not authorize,” Datwyler’s lawyer, Derek Ross, said in a Monday statement.
According to the Washington Post, the FEC usually complies with Partisan Department of Justice requests to halt enforcement.
New via Wash Post: Justice Dept has asked the Federal Election Commission to hold off on any enforcement action against George Santos — the clearest sign to date that federal prosecutors are examining Santos’ campaign finances.
— Hugo Lowell (@hugolowell) January 27, 2023
The request indicates an “active criminal investigation” by the Justice Department, a campaign finance lawyer told The Liberal Washington Post. https://t.co/ZjQsH2Z61E
— HuffPost Politics (@HuffPostPol) January 28, 2023
— New York Post (@nypost) January 28, 2023
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