One of the very first lies George Santos was exposed for was the one in which he claimed to have worked at Goldman Sachs and Citigroup. “My sins here are embellishing my résumé,” he said in an interview in December, before it would come out that he did a lot more than that. When he stated on the campaign trail that he’d worked for the banks, he claimed, what he’d meant was that a company he had worked for, LinkBridge Investors, did business with the financial firms. The lie, he insisted, was merely a “poor choice of words.” But as it turns out, he didn’t just speak imprecisely—a.k.a. lie—about working at Goldman and Citigroup to would-be voters; he also lied about it to a judge—in a court of law—for a friend who apparently has just as much trouble telling the truth as he does.
Politico reports that while appearing in a Seattle courtroom for the 2017 bail hearing of a “family friend” who’d later plead guilty to felony access device fraud, Santos was asked by King County Superior Court judge Sean O’Donnell who he worked for. “I am an aspiring politician and I work for Goldman Sachs,” Santos responded.
“You work for Goldman Sachs in New York?” the judge asked.
“Yup,” Santos replied.
Not surprisingly, that wasn’t the only lie Santos told that day.
And if you’re wondering if the guy Santos went to bat for despite barely knowing was simply a low-level con artist being unfairly persecuted, wonder no more:
An attorney for Santos did not respond to multiple requests for comment from Politico.
Santos is currently facing a host of investigations by everyone from the New York State attorney general to the FBI to prosecutors in Brazil. One thing he apparently didn’t lie about when he was in Seattle doing a solid for his pal? The location of his accommodations. According to Politico, Santos told the judge he was staying at a hotel “by the Space Needle” until the bail decision was rendered. And that seems to have actually been the truth!
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