Are we watching The Fall and Fall of Madison Cawthorn?

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David Madison Cawthorn is an American politician who has served as the U.S. representative for North Carolina’s 11th congressional district since 2021. A member of the Republican Party, he is the first member of Congress born in the 1990s and the third-youngest in U.S. history. Wikipedia

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Published Mon, May 23 20223:37 PM EDT Updated 4 Hours Ago

Dan Mangan@_DanMangan

Key Points

  • The House Ethics Committee is investigating Rep. Madison Cawthorn for his possibly improper promotion of a cryptocurrency in which he may have had an undisclosed financial interest.
  • The panel is also probing the North Carolina Republican over questions about whether he had an “improper relationship” with a person employed on his congressional staff.
  • Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., earlier called for a probe of Cawthorn over a comment he made promoting the Let’s Go Brandon coin named for a derogatory phrase toward President Joe Biden.
  • Cawthorn infuriated fellow GOP members of Congress by claiming some of his older colleagues had invited him to orgies and used cocaine in front of him.

The House Ethics Committee is investigating controversial Rep. Madison Cawthorn for his possibly improper promotion of a cryptocurrency in which he may have had an undisclosed financial interest, the panel revealed Monday.

The committee is also investigating the North Carolina Republican over questions about whether he had an “improper relationship” with a person employed on his congressional staff, the panel said.

The Ethics Committee authorized the probe by a unanimous vote on May 11. But the panel only disclosed it six days after the 26-year-old congressman narrowly lost a GOP primary, denying him a nomination for a second term.

The loss followed an embarrassing series of events for Cawthorn. He was charged by police in North Carolina with carrying a loaded handgun at an airport and with driving with a revoked license. He also claimed he was a victim of “blackmail” following the release of a video that appeared to show him naked in bed with another man.

Cawthorn also infuriated fellow Republicans in Congress earlier this year by claiming some of his older colleagues had invited him to orgies and used cocaine in front of him.

“We welcome the opportunity to prove that Congressman Cawthorn committed no wrongdoing and that he was falsely accused by partisan adversaries for political gain,” said Cawthorn’s chief of staff, Blake Harp, in response to the Ethics probe.

Harp said that the inquiry, which will be conducted by an investigative subcommittee assembled for that purpose, “is a formality.”

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