Trumpist and Bolsonarista, George Santos became the first Brazilian citizen elected deputy in the United States, as well as the first openly gay Republican. His mandate, however, is hanging by a thread.
On Thursday afternoon (16), the Ethics Committee of the US House of Representatives released the final report regarding the deputy. The news reached the Republican hours after he met, behind closed doors, with a delegation of Bolsonaro parliamentarians visiting Washington.
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The group included senators Eduardo Bolsonaro (PL-SP), Eduardo Girão (Novo-CE), Jorge Seif (PL-SC) and Magno Malta (PL-ES), and deputies Alexandre Ramagem (PL-RJ), Altineu Cortes (PL-RJ), Captain Alberto Neto (PL-AM), Gustavo Gayer (PL-GO) and Julia Zanatta (PL-SC). On social media, the son of the former Brazilian president praised Santos.
Lies and suspicions of corruption
Since being elected, Santos has been the target of accusations for lies made during the campaign and corruption. According to the report, the deputy had “stolen from his own campaign, deceiving donors and channeling contributions for personal use”.
With this money, the ultra-conservative would have had Botox, purchased from stores like Hermes and Sephora and even paid for subscriptions to the adult content website Only Fans. In an interview with FOX News, the most conservative TV channel in the country, he stated that he didn’t even know what Only Fans was. The journalist replied: “you can’t tell the truth”.
The Ethics Committee document further states that Santos “invented fictitious loans for his own campaign to trick Republican donors and committees into contributing to his electoral war fund.”
George Santos is a defendant in a lawsuit brought by the United States federal court and faces 23 charges of corruption related to his election in 2022.
After the release of the report, George Santos announced that he will no longer run for re-election in 2024, as he had previously said.
When the House returns from recess in two weeks, the deputy will face another vote on his expulsion. It is believed that he could lose his position, as many Republicans were waiting for the report to vote for his departure.
Editing: Leandro Melito