(Molly Bruns, Headline USA) In a resurfaced podcast episode from 2020, embattled serial fabulist Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., claimed that notorious sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who died under suspicious circumstances in 2019, may still be alive.
“I wouldn’t put it past me that he’s still walking around us and we’re all like, ‘Oh my god, the guy is alive,’ and we can’t tell,” Santos said on an episode of the The Rory Sauter Show.
“You know what, it’s 2020, anything can happen,” he added.
According to The Hill, Santos also said he “wouldn’t put it past” Epstein to fake his own death. Santos also said he met Epstein in person as a congressional candidate in 2020.
“I met Epstein in a couple of private equity conferences,” Santos said. “I’ve never dealt with him personally, but I’ve met him, I’ve seen him.”
Santos is in the midst of a scandal of his own, with reports that he falsified his resume claiming to have extensive financial experience coming to the forefront. He also lied about his Jewish heritage, claiming his grandparents escaped the holocaust.
“I am Catholic,” he told the Post. “Because I learned my maternal family had a Jewish background I said I was ‘Jew-ish.’”
An investigation by Long Island prosecutors discovered that Santos also has what appears to be a quickly amassed fortune despite recent financial problems, including evictions and owing thousands in back rent.
There is also some speculation that he performed as a drag queen when he lived in Brazil. Some reports say there are warrants out for his arrest in the South American country, but Santos denied those claims.
In a poll, nearly half of New York Republicans said he should step down from his position due to these lies about his background.
Santos does not appear to be making any moves in that direction, and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., threw his support behind the disgraced representative.
“If for some way when we go through ethics and he has broken the law, then we will remove him,” McCarthy stated. “The American public in his district voted for him. He has a responsibility to uphold what they voted for, to work and have their voice here, but at any time, if it rises to a legal level, we will deal with it then.”