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The campaign treasurer for Rep. George Santos (R-NY) has given his formal notice of resignation in a document filed with the Federal Election Commission and publicly released on Tuesday.
"At the request of the FEC, I am submitting this Form 99 stating that I have resigned as treasurer for the Devolder-Santos for Congress Committee as of January 25, 2023," wrote Nancy Marks in the form filed with the agency.
This comes amid ongoing confusion over who is currently serving as Santos' treasurer, and in fact whether he currently even has a treasurer at all — a legal requirement for his campaign to be able to raise money.
Last week, the Santos campaign filed a report with the FEC stating that they had hired Thomas Datwyler, a treasurer who has worked with several other campaigns. However, Datwyler promptly issued a statement that he had not accepted the job and was not in fact Santos' treasurer.
Santos has been battling a barrage of scandals, chiefly that he lied about almost every aspect of his life on the campaign trail, fabricating his education, work history, and even ethnic background. He is separately facing a criminal investigation from the District Attorney of Nassau County that could turn on his campaign finance, and experts have highlighted signs the Justice Department may be investigating him too.
Today, Santos announced he would be stepping back from his committee assignments in the House until his legal and ethics issues have been settled — claiming to be doing so of his own volition.
The sexual misconduct allegations against conservative operative Matt Schlapp have resulted in another lawsuit.
The second lawsuit is a defamation lawsuit for nearly $10 million filed against Caroline Wren, who recently headed Harmeet Dhillon's campaign for chair of the Republican National Committee. Wren also led Kari Lake's failed campaign for Governor of Arizona.
The lawsuit was filed in the Washington, D.C. district court, according to POLITICO. Schlapp is the chairman of the Conservative Political Action Coalition (CPAC).
The lawsuit states that the alleged incident happened in October when Schlapp was stumping for Republican Senatorial candidate Herschel Walker. According to the first lawsuit filed on Jan. 17 the incident occurred on Oct. 19 after the plaintiff was driving Schlapp back from the Walker event.
The plaintiff has accused Schlapp of "aggressively fondling" his "genital area in a sustained fashion" at which time the plaintiff was "frozen with fear and panic.
Wren is accused of publicly posting the plaintiff's name in tweets and damaging his career by stating that he had been fired from multiple jobs for lying and deceptive behavior. Wren ignored a Jan. 12 letter from the plaintiff's lawyer requesting her to retract the statements.
The plaintiff is seeking over $500,000 damages from Wren.
MIAMI — A group of Haitian-American and Colombian suspects are en route to Miami from Haiti to face federal conspiracy charges in connection with the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse. The four suspects are accused of helping coordinate a failed kidnapping of Haiti’s president to remove him from office upon his return from a state visit to Turkey in June 2021, and then of conspiring in a final plan to kill him at his home in the hillside suburbs of Port-au-Prince the following month. Three of the four suspects lived in South Florida: James Solages, who quit his job at a nursing home to ...