Rep. George Santos, RN.Y., admitted to being «a terrible liar» in an interview this week, while continuing to push dubious claims about his mother being in the Twin Towers on 9/11 and his «Jewish» . ancestry.

Host Piers Morgan questioned Santos about how the congressman thought he could get away with the numerous fabrications on his resume, including the claim that he graduated from a college he never attended. Santos said he didn’t think he would ever be found out because «I ran in 2020 for the exact same congressional seat, and I got away with it then.»

The 40-minute discussion with Morgan aired Monday on YouTube. Questions about Santos’s biography have swirled since a New York Times investigation Last year showed that much of his life story released last month showed that much of his record appeared to have been fabricated, including claims that he owned numerous properties, was previously an employee of Goldman Sachs and Citigroup and who attended and graduated from Baruch College.

Santos told Morgan: «I have been a terrible liar.» But, he added, «it wasn’t about fooling people. It was about being accepted by the party here locally.» Later, he tried to blame vague problems with local politics, saying, «This has roots deeper in the political apparatus and political culture of New York State. And that would take a lot longer than this show to explain.» . «

The Times report also raised questions about how he was able to loan his congressional campaign hundreds of thousands of dollars, and subsequent reports raised additional questions about his claims of Jewish heritage and the 9/11-linked death of his mother.

Santos told Morgan that he never claimed to be Jewish and that he claimed to be «Jewish» as «a party favor.»

«That was always a joke. Everyone used to laugh. I said it in a room with 1,000 people in November, people were laughing hysterically. It was funny for them. They loved it,» he said, referring to a speech he gave before the Republican Jewish Coalition. In his remarks, which were broadcast on C-Span, Santos said his election meant «there will now be three» Jewish Republican members of Congress, a comment that was met with applause, not laughter.

«I don’t think the Jews find it funny,» Morgan replied.

Santos had also made other references to Judaism in his 2022 congressional campaign, including distributing a position paper claiming to be «a proud American Jew».

Genealogical records challenged claims that Santos has Jewish heritage and that his grandparents fled the Holocaust, but Santos insisted those records are wrong.

«This is the one I will fight to the grave, to the point that I already ordered those DNA test kits and I have four of them so far, and I’m just waiting for their returns,» Santos. saying.

As for his claim that his mother, who died in 2016, was present at the World Trade Center during the 9/11 attacks, Santos said: «That’s true.»

Morgan noted that immigration records show he was not even in the country during the attack and there is no record of him working on the buildings. «She was not one to cheat on me,» Santos said. «I remain convinced that this is the truth.»

When asked about his most recent statement to a Brazilian television station that he was the victim of a assassination attemptSantos said: «It was not an assassination attempt. It was a death threat. This is mistranslated from Portuguese to English.»

He was also asked about a homeless veteran who said Santos raised money with a GoFundMe for his dog to have surgery, only to disappear with the cash. Santos denied responsibility and said he did not manage many of his GoFundMe pages.

«I’m not going to deny if there’s a GoFundMe page and if they’re going to give me one, I’m not going to deny that, but I’ve never met him. I’ve never taken this case and I’ve never taken it.» the dog’s money from him,» he said.

The FBI is investigating the alleged GoFundMe scheme, as well as Santos’ campaign finances. Santos is also under investigation by the Nassau County district attorney’s office, and the state attorney general’s office has said that he is “investigating a number of matters” related to the congressman.

In Morgan’s interview, Santos said that lying about having a college education was «one of the biggest regrets of my life.»

Asked if he thought he wouldn’t get caught, Santos replied: «If you’re going to make up a lie, are you thinking of something? I just think it was a stupid decision on my part, a very stupid decision that I regret.» every day.»