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Representative Jorge Santos (R.N.Y), who was charged last month with falsely claiming that his mother died as a result of the September 11 attacks, is bringing a former firefighter who fought at the World Trade Center Worked on recovery efforts after 9/11. State of the Union Address, Firefighter Told the new York Times,

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Michael Weinstock said he accepted Santos’ invitation because he suffers from a neurological condition related to his time at Ground Zero and wanted to raise awareness for the health needs of 9/11 emergency workers, he explained. Time.

Weinstock, who ran in the Democratic primary for Santos’ House district in 2020, said she was fired from her law firm last week over her decision to attend a speech with Santos, including her fabricated resume and personal history. Facing multiple investigations. that his mother was present at the September 11 attacks.

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Santos has stated on his campaign website that his mother, Fatima Devolder, “was in her office in the South Tower on September 11” and survived the attacks before dying of cancer a few years later—claiming a visa application received in 2003. refutes. Washington Post This indicates that she had not been in the US since 1999.

Weinstock said he connected with Santos during his 2022 campaign, when the then-candidate offered to start a GoFundMe to help pay for Weinstock’s medical expenses to treat her condition, which turned out to be zero. but was precipitated by inhaling pollutants and prevented it from working, Weinstock explained many times,

The two reportedly reconnected in December, when Santos said he wanted to sponsor legislation to help with situations such as Weinstock’s coverage under the World Trade Center health program and asked Weinstock to write a briefing paper on her position. Said – a partnership that Weinstock closed. allegations, which he called “inexcusable” in an interview with Time.

,forbes has reached out to Santos’ office, Weinstock and his former law firm, Mullen PC

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Santos, who was elected in November to represent Long Island's third congressional district, is facing calls for his resignation from a coalition of his Republican allies in Congress after the allegations surfaced in December. times that he fabricated almost his entire resume and personal background. Time' Reporting also raised concerns about discrepancies in his financial statements, including the source of his sudden wealth. In the months since the initial report, acquaintances of Santos have described her as a liar who lied about everything from her history as a drag queen and a modeling career on Broadway and attending the exclusive Met Gala in New York. Has spoken Lawmakers and watchdog groups have called on the Federal Election Commission, the House Ethics Committee and the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate his conduct, while the Justice Department, the New York Attorney General and the Nassau County Prosecutor's Office have also said they will review the allegations. are doing. for any possible criminal activity. Santos, who has admitted to fabricating parts of his work history and personal background, has refused to heed calls from Congress to resign, but last week cited the ongoing investigation against him. withdrew from the work of his committee.

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According to a letter from the alleged victim, Derek Myers, a potential congressional staffer for Santos filed a sexual assault complaint with the House Ethics Committee and Capitol Police in January, accusing Santos of touching her groin without permission. posted on Twitter on Friday. Shortly after Myers was offered the job, the letter alleges that Santos asked her if she had a profile on the gay dating site, Grindr, when the two were alone together in Santos' office on January 25, before Santos invites her to the karaoke bar and touches her waist. Santos has not commented publicly on the allegations, but told the semaphore He rescinded Myers' offer after learning that the potential employee was facing wiretapping charges in Ohio after a newspaper published an audio recording of court testimony he obtained from a source.

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