Republican congressman George Santos has closer ties to Russian oligarchs than previously known, according to The Washington Post.
Santos reportedly received donations for the campaign from Andrew Intrater, a cousin of Russian billionaire Viktor Wechselberg.
Intrater also invested in Harbor City Capitol, a company the SEC called the Ponzi scheme.
Republican Rep. George Santos appears to have closer ties to Russian oligarchs than previously reported, according to an exclusive report from . Washington Post Published Monday.
Russian businessman Andrew Intrater and his wife have donated $5,800 to the Santos campaign committee and have donated thousands more to the campaign since 2020, the newspaper said, citing federal election data. quoted and reported. office.
Intrater is the cousin of businessman Viktor Vekselberg, one of the Russian oligarchs sanctioned by the US after the country’s invasion of Ukraine last February, and Intrater’s investment firm, Columbus Nova, is also a billionaire. There is a relationship.
Confused New York congressman under scrutiny Allegedly lying In multiple parts of his biography, he says he has “embellished” parts of his career, suggesting he will not resign. faces the House ethics process.
The Post also reported that Intrator also donated “hundreds of thousands of dollars” to Harbor City Capitol. filing From the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Santos also claimed Columbus Nova was his “client” when he worked at Harbor City Capitol in 2020 to find new investors, the paper reported.But video obtained by the Post. In the video, Santos said to a potential investor who asked about other investors in the construction project, “Maybe you know who they are,” suggesting Columbus Nova.
Intrater is also a known associate of former Trump attorney Michael Cohen. previously reportedIntrarator cited in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe donated $250,000 to Trump’s inauguration committee and Columbus Nova Paid Cohen about $500,000 Consulting fees from January to August 2017.
Representatives for Santos, Intrater and Columbus Nova did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
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