George Santos' former treasure's attorney changes his tune

Washington DC - The lawyer representing the former campaign treasurer for George Santos is now claiming that he was duped by the representative's illegal conduct.

A lawyer representing a former treasurer for George Santos (pictured) has now changed course about his client, and has apologized for any past false statements on the case.
A lawyer representing a former treasurer for George Santos (pictured) has now changed course about his client, and has apologized for any past false statements on the case.  © JUSTIN SULLIVAN / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

Attorney Derek Ross recently sent an apology letter to the Federal Election Commission, claiming that after "careful review" and "reevaluation of the facts," previous statements he made about his client, political accountant Tom Datwyler, "no longer accurately represent the situation."

The letter points to reporting from The Daily Beast that details Datwyler agreed to operate as a shadow treasurer for Santos after the congressman was indicted in May on multiple criminal charges.

Ross had previously submitted correspondence to the FEC in January defending Datwylerd, arguing that his client's name was forged and used on documents by Santos without his consent.

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Now, Ross says "recent public reporting has led me to lose confidence in the accuracy and veracity of the information provided by Mr. Datwyler," and that he is evaluating his "ethical obligations in regard to future representation of Mr. Datwyler."

He also apologized and vowed to provide "the most accurate and up-to-date information" related to the trial.

What are George Santos' alleged crimes?

George Santos' legal troubles have seen others affiliated with his campaign go down, including Nancy Marks, another former campaign treasurer, who pled guilty to a single count of conspiring to defraud the United States earlier this month.

Marks' plea led to Santos getting hit with a superseding indictment that added even more charges earlier this month, bringing the total that he faces to 23. He pleaded not guilty to those earlier this week.

Santos' federal trial is set to begin on September 9, 2024.

Cover photo: JUSTIN SULLIVAN / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

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