- New York Rep. George Santos pleaded not guilty Wednesday to 13 federal charges, including counts of wire fraud, money laundering, theft of public funds and lying to the US House.
- Following his arraignment, the Republican lawmaker said he won't resign from Congress and plans to run for reelection. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said he wouldn't support his reelection and if the Ethics Committee found he broke the law, he would call for him to resign.
- He was released on a $500,000 bond and had to surrender his passport and will need court approval to travel beyond New York and Washington, DC.
- Prosecutors claim Santos used campaign funds on personal expenses, including luxury designer clothing, and fraudulently applied for Covid-related unemployment benefits — even though he is a co-sponsor of a bill that would help states recoup fraudulent Covid-19 unemployment insurance benefits.
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