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According to the indictment, Santos is accused of defrauding prospective political supporters by opening a shell company and depositing money with the promise that it would be used to help him get elected to the House of Representatives. He then allegedly moved the money into his personal accounts and used it for personal purchases, cash, pay-off personal debts, and more.
The charging documents also suggest that Santos’ bid for Congress was, among other things, a get-rich-quick scheme. As a Republican member of Congress, his alleged brazen behavior is indicative of his party’s pro-corruption stance, which has become even more prominent under former President Donald Trump’s leadership.
The prosecution seeks to hold Santos responsible for various alleged fraudulent schemes and brazen misrepresentations. According to Breon Peace, the U.S. Attorney, Santos uses dishonesty and deception to ascend to the halls of Congress and enrich himself.
While Santos unlawfully applied for unemployment benefits during the pandemic, it seems he may have learned a thing or two about skirting the law while watching Trump run for the presidency in 2015.
Despite being indicted for 13 federal counts, including money laundering and wire fraud, Santos remains in police custody but has labeled the indictment a witch hunt and says he will clear his name.
Interestingly, Santos is being kept in the U.S. House of Representatives, despite his indictment by the DOJ, because Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) can’t afford to lose any of his ultra-slim majority. This once again highlights the cynical calculation that power is more important than ethics, the law, their image, and any moral high ground they might have dubiously claimed.
Republicans keep getting away with such behavior because they have primed their base not to believe the news and to take pride in having no shame. Trump’s appeal lies in his no-shame attitude — do what you want, hurt whoever you want, just win.
And while there are dirty politicians in both parties, Republicans seem to have made it a brand with Trump’s blatant self-dealing serving as inspiration. Some believe this behavior is a challenge to other Republicans to get what they can while they can.
In conclusion, Santos stands accused of violating the law multiple times and leaving a trail so obvious that it seems he wanted to get caught. Nonetheless, he remains defiant and determined to clear his name, even as pressure mounts on him to resign from Congress.