Headline RoundupMay 10th, 2023

Rep. George Santos in Custody on 13 Federal Charges

AllSides Summary

Rep. George Santos (R-NY) arrived at a federal courthouse in Central Islip, NY Wednesday morning to surrender to authorities.

The Details: He is accused of embezzling money from his campaign for personal use, and lying to Congress about his income. He faces seven counts of wire fraud, three counts of money laundering, one count of theft of public funds, and two counts of making materially false statements to the House of Representatives. Santos pleaded not guilty Wednesday.

For Context: Santos has been called on to resign by both Democratic and Republican representatives and has been under scrutiny since he first took office. The congressman could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted of all charges.

How The Media Covered It: Media outlets across the spectrum offered different bits of context in their coverage, but were mostly critical of Santos. Associated Press penned a chronology of Santos’ actions that led to some of the accusations. New York Post included a separate section of coverage titled “Keeping track of Rep. George Santos' lies.”

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