Rep. Cawthorn Sued Over $200K in Unpaid Fees: Rep. Madison Cawthorn is being sued by a powerful conservative attorney who previously defended him against accusations of rebellion for a sizable due legal bill.
According to documents filed this month in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Cawthorn, a Republican from Western North Carolina who will leave Congress in January after serving one term, is being sued for more than $190,000 by his former lawyer, James Bopp Jr.
According to Bopp’s December 7 revised lawsuit, “On or about January 10, 2022, (the Bopp Law Firm) began defending Mr. Cawthorn in response to a challenge to Mr. Cawthorn’s eligibility as a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives.” According to the lawsuit, they formally agreed to cover the initial legal challenge, any appeals, and other facets of a protracted legal battle on January 20.
Separate from any interest that is owed and apart from any expenses needed for work on collecting past-due sums, as stipulated by the agreement, Mr. Cawthorn currently owes $193,296.85, according to Bopp. The Citizen-Times has contacted the Cawthorn staff for comment. The lawmaker is described as representing himself in the lawsuit. He is required to respond, or a default judgment will be rendered against him.
Bopp, an attorney from Indiana, has argued matters before the U.S. Supreme Court concerning political speech by elected state judges, limits on campaign spending and donations, and ballot initiatives. He filed lawsuits in four states in 2020 to contest Donald Trump’s victory over Joe Biden, but he dropped them without providing a reason.
Following the January 6 Capitol incident, Cawthorn and some other lawmakers who supported Trump’s effort to block the election of Biden as vice president were subject to legal action against their candidacies. Plaintiffs claimed they had broken the 14th Amendment’s “insurrection” clause, which prohibited former elected officials from running for office again if they had “engaged in insurrection or rebellion,” according to plaintiffs, which included former Republican N.C. Supreme Court Justice Bob Orr of Yancey County.
In March, a U.S. District Court judge ruled in Cawthorn’s favor, prohibiting the state Board of Elections from considering whether to put him on the ballot for 2020. The voters filed an appeal with the Richmond, Virginia-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which sided with the plaintiffs and remanded the matter to the district court.
But Chuck Edwards defeated Cawthorn in the 11th District primary on May 17. The court dismissed the matter as moot following a defense petition. Bopp defended Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene in a comparable case and successfully prevented voters from challenging her nomination. Greene ran for office and easily won reelection to her seat in the northwest.
The time of Cawthorn was distinguished by gaffes and scandals, such as his description of Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the president of Ukraine, as a “thug” and his assertion that Republican officials participated in cocaine use and orgies.
After leaving office, he’ll still have legal problems to deal with: He was issued a Polk County speeding citation for exceeding the posted speed limit of 70 mph, according to an N.C. Highway Patrol trooper also admitted to taking a loaded revolver through security at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, which resulted in a misdemeanor prosecution.
The House Ethics Committee recently fined him $15,000 for improperly endorsing a cryptocurrency he owned. Some claimed there was proof of egregious infractions, including the potential crimes of buying cryptocurrency with non-public information and manipulating the market. It was unclear right away whether the federal Securities and Exchange Commission or the Justice Department, the bodies in charge of looking into such violations, had taken any action.