It seems that both Democrats and Republicans are ready to become representatives Madison Cawthorn, who has been on a really remarkable scandal trip in recent months, to be held responsible for … one of his many potential crimes. In a letter Wednesday, Democrats Bennie Thompson and Bonnie Watson Coleman asked the Transportation Security Administration to use “the full extent” of its enforcement actions against people like Cawthorn, who on Tuesday was caught (for the second time!) bringing a loaded firearm through an airport security checkpoint. Same day North Carolina’s Republican senator Thom Tillis, which supports Cawthorn’s primary challenger, called for an investigation into Cawthorn for insider trading. “Insider trading by a member of Congress is a serious betrayal of their oath,” Tillis said tweeted. “A thorough and two-part investigation of the case from the House Ethics Committee is needed.”
Cawthorn has yet to respond to allegations of insider trading, but he appeared to strike out at Republicans like Tillis in a Thursday morning tweet. “You can not effectively drain the swamp without firing all the RINOs,” he wrotebefore retweeting a supporter’s post claims at “the swamp [is] so desperate for takeaway [Cawthorn]. “(Cawthorn’s office did not respond immediately Vanity Fair‘s request for comment.)
All of this comes after Cawthorn got a stern talk from the Republican leader Kevin McCarthy last month for pretending to be morally outraged by allegations that Republican lawmakers snorted cocaine in front of him and invited him to orgies – claims Cawthorn later admitted he largely invented. (Last week, Politico released leaked party photos of him wearing lingerie.) Tillis threw his support behind Cawthorn’s primary challenger, the North Carolina state senator. Chuck Edwards, in the wake of the “cocaine” and “orgy” controversy. A Tillis-affiliated super PAC has already spent more than $ 300,000 on an anti-Cawthorn attack ad in preparation for the race’s primary election on May 17, Axios reported last week.
Cawthorn became the latest congressman to face insider trading allegations to promote an alleged pump-and-dump cryptocurrency scheme, according to a report from Washington Examiner. In December, the 26-year-old publicly displayed his share of the Let’s Go Brandon cryptocurrency – a meme coin that derives its name from a mocking slogan. Joe Biden. The following day, the racing team for Brandon Brown– a NASCAR driver who incidentally inspired the “let’s go, Brandon” saying – announced that Brown was collaborating with the Let’s Go Brandon coin for the 2022 season, leading to a 75% increase in coin value per coin. Examiner. At its peak, the total value of each Let’s Go Brandon coin reportedly exceeded $ 570 million. (NASCAR reportedly closed the sponsorship deal in early January, and by February the value of the coin had taken a dive – a fall that Let’s Go Brandon’s James Koutoulas claimed was also caused by some of the coin’s top owners dumping their holdings en masse, the Examiner noted.)
As reported by Insider, Cawthorn also apparently ran on edge with federal conflicts of interest by failing to report his investment in the coin; Lawmakers have a 30-day window to submit transaction reports of their share of a given cryptocurrency. If Cawthorn turns out to have violated the Code of Ethics, he may be ordered to pay a small fine. (Although, Insider also noted that Cawthorn may have lied about investing in Let’s Go Brandon coins. Cawthorn has continued to advertise the cryptocurrency on social media and has appeared promisingly at Let’s Go Brandon coin events, according to Examiner.)
The newly trained lawmaker on Tuesday warned his Instagram followers that the “establishment” is targeting him in a “coordinated drip campaign”, adding: “They will drop an attack article every day or every other day just to try to kill us with a death with 1,000 cuts, and that’s really their main strategy. ” Cawthorn is on his way to re-election in North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District.
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