George Santos: Justice Department asks FEC to stand down as prosecutors investigate New York congressman

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has asked the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to stand down as prosecutors investigate allegations of campaign finance violations against New York Congressman George Santos.

The DOJ is conducting a criminal investigation into allegations that Santos used campaign funds for personal expenses, including travel and entertainment. The FEC had previously referred the case to the DOJ for further investigation.

Santos has denied the allegations and has said that he did not use campaign funds for personal expenses. He has also said that he has cooperated fully with the investigation.

The DOJ’s request to the FEC comes as prosecutors are gathering evidence to determine if there is sufficient evidence to bring criminal charges against Santos. The investigation is still in its early stages and it is unclear if criminal charges will be brought.

If the DOJ does bring criminal charges against Santos, it would be the first time in more than a decade that a sitting Congressman has been charged with a criminal offense.

The investigation into Santos’ use of campaign funds is part of a larger investigation into campaign finance violations in New York. The DOJ has already charged several individuals in connection with the investigation, including a former aide to Santos.

The investigation into Santos is expected to continue for some time, and it is unclear when or if criminal charges will be brought. In the meantime, the DOJ has asked the FEC to stand down and allow the criminal investigation to proceed.