House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (pictured) plans to sit down with 26-year-old GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn to talk about claims he made including that he was invited to orgies and cocaine use was rampant in Washington, D.C.
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Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) admitted his claims that colleagues had invited him to orgies and taken cocaine were ‘exaggerated,’ House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy said on Wednesday.

McCarthy told reporters that he may take further action over Cawthorn’s comments, which caused an angry outcry among Hill Republicans.

The row erupted when Cawthorn, at 26 one of the youngest and most controversial House members, claimed he had seen evidence of ‘sexual perversion’ in Washington during an interview with John Lovell for the ‘Warrior Poet Society.’

McCarthy said he had had a tense meeting with Cawthorn. 

‘I just told him he’s lost my trust, he’s gonna have to earn it back, and I laid out everything I find is unbecoming,’ McCarthy told Axios and other outlets.

‘And, you can’t just say “You can’t do this again.” 

‘I mean, he’s, he’s got a lot of members very upset.’

And McCarthy said Cawthorn admitted he had exaggerated his claims.    

‘In the interview, he claims he watched people do cocaine. Then when he comes in he tells me, he says he thinks he saw maybe a staffer in a parking garage from 100 yards away,’ McCarthy said.

‘It’s just frustrating. There’s no evidence behind his statements. 

‘And when I sit down with him … I told him you can’t make statements like that, as a member of Congress, that affects everybody else and the country as a whole.’ 

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (pictured) plans to sit down with 26-year-old GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn to talk about claims he made including that he was invited to orgies and cocaine use was rampant in Washington, D.C.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (pictured) plans to sit down with 26-year-old GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn to talk about claims he made including that he was invited to orgies and cocaine use was rampant in Washington, D.C. 

Cawthorn, 26, was asked during an interview with the Warrior Poet Society how closely his experience on Capitol Hill aligns with House of Cards, specifically its elements of 'corruption, power, money and perversion'

Cawthorn, 26, was asked during an interview with the Warrior Poet Society how closely his experience on Capitol Hill aligns with House of Cards, specifically its elements of ‘corruption, power, money and perversion’

Cawthorn said that he once heard a former president say the only thing that was unrealistic about the Netflix show was that Congress would ever be able to pass a piece of legislation that quickly, and he agreed with the sentiment

Cawthorn said that he once heard a former president say the only thing that was unrealistic about the Netflix show was that Congress would ever be able to pass a piece of legislation that quickly, and he agreed with the sentiment

Politico reported Tuesday that Cawthorn’s Republican colleagues stood up and aired their grievances during a closed-door House GOP conference meeting earlier in the day, complaining that the North Carolina Republican made party members out to be sexual deviants and drug users. 

CNN reported that colleagues wanted Cawthorn to name names because his comments could otherwise unfairly malign the whole party.  

The 65-year-old Arkansas Rep. Steve Womack told the group that he rarely speaks up during the weekly meetings, but did so Tuesday because he’s getting questions from constituents about Cawthorn’s claims of orgies and drug use, Politico said. 

Womack remarked that many lawmakers go to bed at 9 p.m. and use flip phones and fax machines, calling it inappropriate that Cawthorn would paint his Congressional peers with a broad brush. 

Sen. Richard Burr, the senior Republican senator from North Carolina, was asked by CNN about Cawthorn’s job performance.   

‘That’s for his constituents to figure out but clearly he’s been an embarrassment at times,’ Burr replied.  

Cawthorn was asked during the interview about how much D.C. resembles of Netflix show House of Cards, specifically its elements of ‘corruption, power, money and perversion.’

The North Carolina Republican replied that the ‘sexual perversion’ and drug use is just like what people saw on television.    

‘The sexual perversion that goes on in Washington … being kind of a young guy in Washington where the average age is probably 60 or 70, I look at all these people – a lot of them who I’ve looked up to throughout my life … then all of a sudden you get invited to like, “well hey we’re going to have kind of a sexual get together at one of our homes. You should come,” like, what did you just ask me to come to? 

‘And then you realize they’re asking you to come to an orgy.’ 

‘There’s some of the people that are leading the movement to try and remove addiction in our country and then you watch them doing, you know, a key bump of cocaine in front of you and it’s like wow, this is wild.’ 

Cawthorn in December announced the he and his wife of eight months were filing for divorce.  

Cawthorn, a staunch conservative not known for his friends across the aisle, is seemingly accusing his fellow Republicans of the illicit behavior. He has recently sparked controversy for calling House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and 'alcoholic' and Ukrainian President Zelensky a 'thug'

Cawthorn, a staunch conservative not known for his friends across the aisle, is seemingly accusing his fellow Republicans of the illicit behavior. He has recently sparked controversy for calling House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and ‘alcoholic’ and Ukrainian President Zelensky a ‘thug’

Cawthorn in December announced the he and his wife of eight months were filing for divorce

Cawthorn in December announced the he and his wife of eight months were filing for divorce

The young congressman, a staunch conservative not known for his friends across the aisle, is seemingly accusing his fellow Republicans of the illicit behavior. 

The ‘former president’ Cawthorn seemingly referred to was Democratic President Bill Clinton. 

In 2015, actor Kevin Spacey, the lead on House of Cards, said that he and Clinton were close friends and play poker together. Spacey told Gotham Magazine at the time that Clinton had told him the show was accurate.  

‘Kevin, 99 percent of what you do on that show is real. The 1 percent you get wrong is you could never get an education bill passed that fast,’ Clinton told Spacey, according to the actor’s comments to the magazine. 

Earlier this month Cawthorn suggested that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is an alcoholic.  

Cawthorn said of the California Democrat at a campaign event: ‘I’ll tell you I have to work with her every single day so please do pray for me. The theories of alcoholism are very true and it’s very sad,’ he said, according to video posted by Patriot Takes.

His line got chuckles during the event.

Pelosi, 81, doesn’t drink, and hasn’t for years. 

Her daughter Christine attacked prior slurs about her mom’s alleged alcoholism in 2019, tweeting: ‘Republicans and their conservative allies have been pumping this despicable fake meme for years! Now they are caught.

‘#FactCheck: Madam Speaker doesn’t even drink alcohol!’

Also last month a video surfaced showing Cawthorn calling Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky a ‘thug’. He said his government was ‘corrupt, incredibly evil’ and ‘pushing woke ideologies’.

He appeared to be discussing the US sending military aid to Ukraine before lashing out at leaders in Kyiv — who refused to flee the country despite reports that many are on a Russian ‘kill list’ including Zelensky and his family. 

In December 2021, Cawthorn announced that he and his CrossFit athlete wife Cristina Bayardelle were getting a divorce after just eight months together.

‘When Cristina and I were engaged, I was not a member of Congress. I felt called to serve and we both agreed that I should run. Our victory was unprecedented, but overnight our lives changed,’ he said in a statement posted by his spokesman.

‘That change has been both hectic and difficult, it’s neither the pace nor the lifestyle we had planned for.’

'Madison is amazing ¿ we¿ve had an incredible journey together. Our marriage, like every marriage, has had its difficulties,' she said

'The lifestyle shift into public life has been strenuous, and many aspects of the transition have been unexpected,' she said

In December 2021, Cawthorn announced that he and his CrossFit athlete wife Cristina Bayardelle were getting a divorce after just eight months together 



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