Rep. Madison Cawthorn faces House ethics committee probe over potential fraud and improper sexual relationship

On Monday, the House Ethics Committee announced an investigation into two sets of allegations related to the embattled Republican: that Cawthorn may have dabbled in some light insider trading related to the cryptocurrency Let’s Go Brandon, and that he engaged in an improper relationship with a staffer.

Madison Cawthorn’s new status as a lame duck, which is often a tranquil period for fallen politicians, appears to be equally as chaotic as his scandal-plagued congressional career.

The panel’s allegations have been rejected by Cawthorn’s office, which claims that Cawthorn is being targeted for “political gain.” This comes only a week after the North Carolina Republican lost his position in the state’s 11th congressional district in the Republican primary.

Members of Congress are rarely subjected to ethics probes. Cawthorn’s departure makes Monday’s statement even more remarkable, though somewhat unsurprising given how despised he looked to be on both sides of the aisle.

Cawthorn, the youngest member of Congress, was embroiled in a number of high-profile controversies during his brief tenure, including lies about his college acceptances, charges of prior sexual harassment, and dubious claims about alleged drug-fueled orgies raging in the shadows of DC, and much more.

Following his defeat, an angry Cawthorn vowed on Thursday to expose “those who say and promise one thing while legislating and working towards another,” threatening to expose “those who say and promise one thing while legislating and working towards another.”

Cawthorn used something dubbed “Dark MAGA” in his Instagram image, which, as my colleague Ali Breland described, appears to be nothing more than a bunch of terrible Photoshop efforts.

“The Honorable Veronica Escobar will serve as Chair of the Investigative Subcommittee, and the Honorable Michael Guest will serve as the Ranking Member. The other two members of the Investigative Subcommittee are the Honorable Lisa Blunt Rochester and the Honorable Michelle Fischbach,” the press release continues.

“We welcome the opportunity to prove that Congressman Cawthorn not only committed no wrongdoing but also that he was falsely accused by partisan adversaries for political gain,” Cawthorn’s Chief of Staff Blake Harp told The Daily Caller when asked about the probe.

“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,” he added.