Controversial Republican In Deep Trouble

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( – Former treasurer of Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.), Nancy Marks, is anticipated to admit to at least one felony in a federal court, as recent legal documents suggest. The exact charges she’s admitting to aren’t detailed in the documents but are believed to be linked to Santos’s legal troubles.

Marks is set to stand before U.S. District Judge Joanna Seybert in Central Islip, N.Y., at 3 p.m. this Thursday, as confirmed by a representative from the Eastern District of New York’s U.S. attorney’s office.

These new developments might influence Santos’s ongoing legal battle, where he faces 13 charges, including misleading contributors and misstating his financial status to both the public and official agencies. Santos has denied all charges.

Marks stepped down from her role in Santos’s campaign earlier this year, shortly after stories emerged accusing Santos of misrepresenting his credentials and history. In a subsequent development, the House decided to forward a proposal to expel Santos to its Ethics Committee, even though this committee had already been examining the congressman’s actions. This decision effectively prevented other lawmakers from directly commenting on whether Santos should retain his seat.

Furthermore, the House Ethics Committee disclosed in June its extended inquiry into Santos, now also examining claims that the congressman had inappropriately secured unemployment insurance benefits. The committee’s initial investigation focused on possible illegal activities related to his 2022 campaign, undisclosed information in House statements, potential federal conflict of interest breaches concerning a fiduciary firm, and alleged inappropriate behavior towards a job applicant in his office.

Despite these allegations and his ongoing legal battle, Santos remains a member of the House, dismissing calls from both sides for him to resign. He intends to run for re-election in New York’s 3rd Congressional District.

Additionally, Samuel Miele, a former fundraiser for Santos, was charged in August with allegations of posing as the chief of staff to former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) while raising funds for Santos. While Miele denied these charges, prosecutors hinted at potential plea deal discussions. Miele’s court hearing was recently moved to the coming week, shortly before Marks’s projected admission of guilt.

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