Brazil is reportedly planning to criminally charge House Republican George Santos for alleged check fraud several years ago. Santos is also now under criminal investigation in the United States, on the federal and state level, over the money trail involved in his 2020 and 2022 campaigns. That money trail was already concerning, as Santos worked for an alleged ponzi scheme company shortly before it got busted, and may or may not have indirectly funneled that money into his campaign. But now that money trail has become totally bizarre.
It turns out a guy named Andrew Intrater gave a lot of money, directly and indirectly, to George Santos’ 2020 campaign. There’s nothing illegal about that. But here’s where it gets weird. Intrater is the cousin of Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg, who’s been sanctioned by the United States government. Intrater was also once accused of (but never charged with) being a go-between for the Trump 2016 campaign and Stormy Daniels.
So what does this newly revealed part of the George Santos saga add up to? Who knows. Maybe nothing. At this point it’s for federal and state investigators to sort out. But the Santos saga just keeps getting more and more bizarre, almost beyond belief. Then again, when you’re talking about a guy who has lied about nearly every aspect of his life, perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that the truth is turning out to be every bit as strange as his lies.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report