House Ethics Committee Initiates Investigation Into Madison Cawthorn

The ultra-conservative lawmaker, who is also the youngest sitting member in Congress at age 26, lost his re-election in the North Carolina primaries last week to State Sen. Chuck Edwards.

Caption: SELMA, USA - APRIL 9: Madison Cawthorn speaks during former US President Donald Trump's rally sponsored by Save America with Ted Budd, Madison Cawthorn, Bo Hines, Dan Bishop, Mark Robinson and Greg Murphy in Selma, NC, on April 9, 2022. (Photo by Peter Zay/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Caption: SELMA, USA - APRIL 9: Madison Cawthorn speaks during former US President Donald Trump's rally sponsored by Save America with Ted Budd, Madison Cawthorn, Bo Hines, Dan Bishop, Mark Robinson and Greg Murphy in Selma, NC, on April 9, 2022. (Photo by Peter Zay/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

The House Ethics Committee is launching a probe into GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) over a series of alleged errs, including an erroneous cryptocurrency promotion and a potential “improper relationship” with a member of his congressional staff.

Per a statement released yesterday by the Ethics Committee, “The Investigative Subcommittee shall have jurisdiction to determine whether Representative Madison Cawthorn may have: improperly promoted a cryptocurrency in which he may have had an undisclosed financial interest, and engaged in an improper relationship with an individual employed on his congressional staff.” USA Today reported that a subcommittee will be created to delve into the allegations against Cawthorn.

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

The ultra-conservative lawmaker, who is also the youngest sitting member in Congress at age 26, lost his re-election in the North Carolina primaries last week to State Sen. Chuck Edwards.

Along with fellow GOP Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA) and Lauren Boebert (CO), Cawthorn has solidified himself as one of that nation’s most radical Republicans for a barrage of reasons. CNBC reported a variety of scandals and gaffes related to the politician, including “making claims about other lawmakers doing illicit drugs and inviting him to orgies; driving with a revoked license; bringing a loaded handgun to an airport; being eyed by ethics watchdogs over suspicions about possible insider trading related to a meme cryptocurrency; calling Ukraine’s president a ‘thug’ amid an invasion by Russia; and others.”