NEW YORK (WABC) – Eyewitness News is hearing Congressman George Santos for the first time on at least one of the growing list of allegations against him.
The freshman Republican representative from Long Island and Queens sent reporter Shanti Lance two photos — screenshots — in response to the tweet.
Lance’s tweet was in response to him denying the claim that he was scammed a once-homeless New Jersey veteran out of $3,000 to save his dying service dog.
“When there was money I wanted to go to the vet, he wouldn’t give me the money to go to the vet, I started arguing back and forth with him via text messages, he even told me they were going to make Sapphire as comfortable as possible in her final hours – he’s never done that,” veteran Richard Osthoff said.
“The reports that I would let a dog die are shocking and maddening. My work in animal welfare has been a labor of love and hard work. In the last 24 hours I have received pictures of dogs I have helped save over the years, along with messages of support.”
Lance responded by asking him to share photos and messages of support.
He sent two screenshots of text messages with images of what appeared to be the same dog.
One was dated last May, with a picture of a brown dog and the caption: “How did you forget me after saving me?”
He sent another undated photo that also showed a similar brown dog.
One of the messages sent to Santos under the image said: “Your friend sends his regards.”
A possible response from Santos said: “He looks so good.”
The sender then apparently wrote the message: “hang in there” and “we need you.”
It is unclear who wrote to Santos.
The congressman is also under fire this week over his mother’s whereabouts on 9/11.
“My mom survived 9/11, she was in the South Tower and she got out, she got caught in the ash cloud, my mom fought cancer until she died,” he previously said.
But ABC News obtained immigration records that show his mother was not in the U.S. when the towers fell.
And the latest statement includes a photo that appears to show an openly gay congressman performing in drag in Brazil in 2008. Santos also tweeted about the claim, calling it “categorically false.”
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