Rep. George Santos, the embattled New York Republican who has been exposed as a serial manufacturer and accused of numerous crimes, has reportedly begun talking to federal prosecutors about “possible avenues forward” and hinted that his case may reach a settlement on the Table lies fraud case. In a filing filed Tuesday, prosecutors in New York’s Eastern District said they expect to present “another body of evidence” against the first-time congressman this week and requested that a court conference originally scheduled for Thursday be rescheduled for Oct. 27 The letter also added that both parties “continued to discuss possible further courses of action on this matter” and “would require additional time to continue these discussions,” the letter said New York Times. Later that day, Santos shared a tweet that didn’t clarify matters, writing: “Word of the day: speculation. Meaning: Forming a theory or conjecture without clear evidence.”
Santos, who has pleaded not guilty to all charges, faces up to 20 years in prison for 13 counts, including seven counts of bank fraud, one count of stealing public funds, three counts of money laundering and two counts of damaging property for making false statements to the House of Representatives. He has denied any wrongdoing in the most serious criminal charges, although he has previously admitted to making many misleading statements about his education, financial status and work history, as reported by CNN.