'He's lying': Rolling Stone investigation finds no records tying George Santos' mother to September 11th attacks

'He's lying': Rolling Stone investigation finds no records tying George Santos' mother to September 11th attacks
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United States Congressman-elect George Santos' (R-New York) repeated claims that his mother Fatima Devolder died from complications stemming from an illness related to the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks appear to be outright lies.

On Thursday evening, Rolling Stone reported that representatives from organizations that support 9/11 victims have no documentation of Devolder either receiving medical care or seeking monetary damages for the harm that Santos has insisted befell her.

"Despite Santos’ assertion that his mother worked within the World Trade Center, Rolling Stone could find no employment records that would place Mrs. Devolder in or around the towers on September 11th. According to NBC News, Devolder’s only known employment was a Queens-based company that closed in 1994. A New York Times investigation found that Devolder’s main source of income was as a nurse and domestic worker," the magazine recalled.

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"Congress created the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund shortly after the attacks with over $7 billion to disperse to those affected by the attacks," it continued. "The fund allows survivors and the families of victims to access compensation for the loss of their loved ones, or for adverse health effects experienced by those who survived the attack, first responders, or worked at ground zero. Claims can be submitted by family members posthumously."

Correspondents Brenna Ehrlich, Nikki McCann Ramirez, and Adam Rawnsley explained that "advocacy groups and law firms who help facilitate claims to the VCF told Rolling Stone that they were unable to identify any records indicating that Fatima Devolder filed a compensation claim for her health complications."

The authors noted that "John Feal, founder and President of the 9-11 first responder victims advocacy organization The FealGood Foundation, told Rolling Stone that neither he nor his contacts within the community of organization providing services to survivors could identify any record of a VCF claim or enrollment in the World Trade Center Health Program for Devolder. 'The search was extensive,' Feal told Rolling Stone."

Feal unambiguously stated that Santos is "lying" because no evidence exists to back up his statements. Feal also condemned the Long Island lawmaker's cavalier exploitation of a national tragedy for personal gain.

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“The 9/11 community, while some are Republican and some Democrat, at the end of the day they always usually band together on something like this,” Feal added. “There’s a lot of people disgusted by this.”

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