2023-01-25 20:07:40

Democrats urge House Speaker McCarthy to deny GOP Rep. George Santos access to classified info

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By Kevin Breuninger

Key Points

  • Two congressional Democrats asked House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to restrict Republican Rep. George Santos' access to classified information.
  • Santos "cannot be trusted" with confidential materials, argued Reps. Gregory Meeks and Joseph Morelle, both of whom are from Santos' state of New York.
  • Santos has admitted to "embellishing" parts of his resume, but denies committing any crimes.

Rep. George Santos (R-NY) leaves a GOP caucus meeting on Capitol Hill on January 25, 2023 in Washington, DC.

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Two congressional Democrats asked House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Wednesday to restrict Republican Rep. George Santos' access to classified information, arguing the scandal-plagued freshman lawmaker "cannot be trusted" with confidential materials.

"It is clear that Congressman George Santos has violated the public's trust on various occasions," Reps. Joseph Morelle and Gregory Meeks, both from Santos' own state of New York, said in a letter to McCarthy.

"His unfettered access to our nation's secrets presents a significant risk to the national security of this country," the Democrats wrote. "We urge you to act swiftly to prevent George Santos from abusing his position and endangering our nation."

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