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The New York Times reported that George Santos (R-NY), who is facing challenges, entered a plea of not guilty for ten additional felony charges in an updated indictment on Friday.
Mr Santos appeared in the US District Court in Central Islip, New York on Friday morning. He and the US government agreed that his trial would begin on 9 September of next year. Mr Santos also requested that his bond conditions be changed so he could contact individuals including his family members who are witnesses in the case against him.
New charges were added by federal authorities against Mr. Santos in the beginning of this month. These charges allege that he used the identities of his campaign donors to make credit card purchases totaling over $44,000. In addition, he was also accused of transferring $12,000 to his personal bank account, which was described as being the “vast majority” of the funds.
On Thursday, Mr Santos shared a post on X, previously referred to as Twitter, stating that he will continue to hold his position.
“Let me clarify three things: 1. My office has not been cleared out. 2. I am not resigning. 3. I have the right to due process and should not be subject to a predetermined outcome, as some are requesting,” he stated. “Blessings to all!”
Mr. Santos has been under intense scrutiny since before he took office, as multiple news sources have uncovered that he falsified aspects of his personal and professional history.