WASHINGTON — Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y mom . claimed. That his mother was in her office inside the World. Trade Center at the time of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but records obtained by NBC News. On Wednesday show she was living in Brazil at the time.
Immigration records uncovered through a Freedom of Information.
Act request by genealogist Alex Calzareth. And first reported by The Washington Post show. That Santos’ mother, Fatima Caruso Devolder. Was admitted to the United States in April 2003. And has not been in the country. Since 1999. He was living in Rio de Janeiro.
Devolder last left New York in 1999 and claimed in 2001. Aneighborhood in Queens, according to documents obtained through a FOIA request.
But although records show Devolder’s absence from the US from 1999 to 2003. Santos’ congressional campaign website says. “On September 11, 2001. George’s mother was in her office in the South Tower, when the horrific events of that day unfolded. He survived the tragic events of September 11th, but died a few years later when he lost his battle with cancer.”
Santos’ office did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.
In 2021, while he was running for Congress, Santos. Responded to an account on Twitter claiming that 9/11 had claimed his mother’s life. His campaign website says his mother died years after the attack; He died in 2016.
Calzareth, who is from Nassau County but not Santos’ congressional district. mom Submitted a FOIA request about Santos’ mother in late December. He said he made the request because he was interested to see if Devolder was in the United States in 1988. When Santos was born. Official records show he was in the country from the mid-1980s to 1999.
Santos lied about his background and resume. And is the subject of investigations at the state, local and federal levels. In an interview last month with the New York Post, he apologized for aspects of his biography.
“I am embarrassed and sorry for embellishing my resume,” he said, according to the paper. “I own it. … We do stupid things in life.”
Last week, The Hill reported that Santos told reporters, “I didn’t do anything unethical.”
A growing number of GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill are calling for him to resign. But House Republicans gave him slots on two committees. After he faced pressure to prevent him from sitting on congressional panels.