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The report says there is “substantial evidence” that Santos violated the law. He has been accused of using campaign money for personal purposes, defrauding donors and embezzling his funds. The results of the months-long investigation will be handed over to the judiciary.
Santos strongly disagrees with the statement. “This is a despicable political indictment that shows how low our federal government has fallen. Anyone who participated in this gross miscarriage of justice should be ashamed.” He has said he will continue to defend himself against the allegations.
Dozens of fees
The crimes mentioned in the report are not the only problems for Santos. He faces dozens of charges, including campaign finance and money laundering.
He had to post $500,000 bail in May after his arrest. He survived a motion to impeach him earlier this month, but according to US media there may be a new motion after the conclusion of the Ethics Committee report.
Santos has been controversial since becoming a candidate. He lied on his CV including his education and some work experience. He noted that he graduated from a university in New York. He later changed his mind: “I didn’t graduate from higher education, I’m ashamed of my lie about this, I’m sorry.”
He also told lies about his family. His mother reportedly lived in Belgium after his grandparents fled persecution of Jews in the Ukraine. According to a study conducted by CNN in collaboration with a professional geneticist, this appears to be false. Both his parents are from Brazil and have no indication of Jewish or Ukrainian roots.
Santos didn’t admit his lie, but he backtracked a bit. He said he never said he was Jewish. But his family history made him realize Jew. In English these pronunciations are very similar: jew-ish and jewish.
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