Has George Santos told more lies with bizarre Chinese Communist kidnapping claim?

Washington DC - Representative George Santos reportedly claimed that his five-year-old niece was abducted by Chinese Communists, but is this just another one of his lies?

Congressman George Santos recently told a reporter that his five-year-old niece was kidnapped by members of the Chinese Communists Party.
Congressman George Santos recently told a reporter that his five-year-old niece was kidnapped by members of the Chinese Communists Party.  © Anna Moneymaker / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

Reporter Grace Ashford, who co-authored the exposé that first revealed the many lies Santos told while on the campaign trail, recently had a series of phone calls with the embattled New York congressman, which were revealed in a new piece for The New York Times.

The two reportedly developed quite a relationship during their talks, with Santos bearing his soul on a number of subjects.

He insisted repeatedly that he never stole money from a veteran intended for his dying dog, and joked that "I do drag for a freakin' festival in Brazil, and now I have a career!"

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But the most bizarre moment in their chats was when Santos made the claim that his five-year-old niece was abducted from a playground in Queens, and found 40 minutes later with two Chinese men.

Ashford said Santos implied the "kidnapping" was a response to his public criticisms of the Chinese Communist Party.

"Look, I don't want to go into like, conspiracy theory," Santos said. "But you know, if the shoe fits, right?"

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Ashford went to claim that she reached out to law enforcement officials to corroborate Santos' story, and they could not find any evidence that a kidnapping took place – or that members of the Chinese Communist Party were involved in such an incident.

"We found nothing at all to suggest it's true," a high-ranking official said. "I'd lean into, 'he made it up.'"

Santos is currently facing multiple felony charges, including fraud and theft, that could result in prison time. He continues to maintain that he will prove his innocence in trial, refuses to step down from Congress, and has vowed to run for re-election in 2024.

At one point noted in their conversations, Santos said he blamed Ashford for his tanking his political career, but assured her,"I don't wish you harm; I don't wish you ill."

Cover photo: Anna Moneymaker / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

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