(CNN) — Newly uncovered immigration records for Rep. George Santos’ mother appear to contradict that embattled freshman Republicansthat she was present at the World Trade Center during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Records show that Fatima Devolder said she was in Brazil between 1999 and early 2003 and was therefore not in New York City when the attacks took place. CNN obtained the footage that was first reported The forwardby genealogist Alex Calzareth, who obtained it in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.
While in Brazil in 2003, Devolder stated on a form that she had not been to the United States since she left in 1999. Devolder filed papers in Brazil in 2001, just months before the September 11 attacks, saying her green card was stolen.
Santos officials did not respond to CNN’s requests for comment.
santos has repeatedly claimed that his mother was at the World Trade Center on September 11 and said the incident played a role in her cancer death.
In a December 17, 2021 radio interview on “The Voice of Reason with Andy Hooser,” Santos said that his mother was “caught in the ash cloud” on September 11 and that she did not sign up to receive financial relief because She didn’t want to take money away from the first responders.
“She was in the South Tower and made it out. She was caught in the ash cloud. My mother battled cancer until she died,” said Santos.
Santos has previously claimed his mother was a financial executive, although that description has since been removed from his website. Records obtained by CNN show that she listed her jobs as a housekeeper or domestic help.
Devolder also listed both of her parents – Santos’ grandparents – as having been born in Brazil, once again refuting his claim that his maternal grandparents were fled the Holocaust.
He already faces a federal probe led by prosecutors in New York who are looking into his finances. And in a separate matter, CNN reported that law enforcement officials in Brazil will reinstate cheating allegations against Santos. Prosecutors said they would seek a “formal response” from Santos in connection with a stolen checkbook in 2008 after police suspended an investigation into him because they couldn’t locate him for nearly a decade.
In an interview with the New York Post last month, Santos denied being charged with any crime in Brazil, saying, “I’m not a criminal here — here, in Brazil, or in any jurisdiction in the world. Absolutely not. That didn’t happen.”
Santos admitted to stealing a man’s checkbook that his mother had in 2008 to buy clothes and shoes, according to documents obtained by CNN.
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