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George Santos Made Up Much of His Resume, But GOP’s McCarthy May Need His Vote

  • Santos apologizes, won’t step aside despite not telling truth
  • Some Democrats call on Santos to resign, face investigations
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George SantosPhotographer: Ronda Churchill/Bloomberg
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Newly elected congressman George Santos’s serial fabrications about his life story, including false claims of work at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Citigroup Inc., set up a key test for Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, who’s struggling to win next week’s vote for House speaker.

McCarthy has little margin for error in his quest as a handful of Republicans seek to block his elevation to the top post in the US House. Congressional leaders in the past have asked for ethics inquiries when issues of credibility have emerged, but McCarthy hasn’t indicated he would seek an Ethics Committee ruling.