Life couldn’t be going worse for embattled North Carolina Republican Madison Cawthorn. Not only have voters decided they’re done with him, but the House Ethics Committee has decided that they’re not.
After losing his primary race in his effort to get reelected, Cawthorn just got more bad news. On Monday, the Ethics Committee announced they were investigating the outgoing Congressman.
He is suspected of promoting a cryptocurrency — something like Bitcoin — without disclosing that he had a financial stake in the company.
And to make matters worse, he’s also being investigated for having an inappropriate relationship with a staff member from his office in Congress. That staffer is also his distant cousin.
The announcement came after the primary loss, which resulted from a long line of scandals Cawthorn has been involved in.
Cawthorn has been so detested while in his first (and likely only) term in Congress that an anti-Cawthorn political action committee comprised of Republicans who don’t like him was the entity responsible for filing the ethics complaint back in April.
They even included video evidence of Cawthorn sitting in his car with the staffer discussing “suggestive” things and his cousin then reaching down into his groin area.
The report said that it was likely Cawthorn was violating insider trading laws when he was promoting the “Let’s Go Brandon” cryptocurrency. That’s what led Republican Senator Thom Tillis of Cawthorn’s own state to suggest an ethics report.
Cawthorn, of course, denies everything. In a statement from his chief of staff Blake Harp, Cawthorn’s office said:
We welcome the opportunity to prove that Congressman Cawthorn committed no wrongdoing and that he was falsely accused by partisan adversaries for political gain. This inquiry is a formality. Our office isn’t deterred in the slightest from completing the job the patriots of Western North Carolina sent us to Washington to accomplish.
One final stand before he loses his job, apparently.
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