Two GOP lawmakers say they didn't mean to be on brief against gerrymandering

Two GOP lawmakers say they didn't mean to be on brief against gerrymandering

Two North Carolina Republican lawmakers say their names were mistakenly put on a legal brief urging the Supreme Court to curb partisan gerrymandering.

The offices of House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsFreedom Caucus lawmakers call on DOJ to probe Rosenstein allegations House GOP questions FBI lawyer for second day Five GOP lawmakers mulling bid to lead conservative caucus MORE (R-N.C.) and Rep. Walter JonesWalter Beaman JonesGOP rep refutes Trump's account of Sanford attacks: 'People were disgusted' Trump claims Sanford remarks booed by lawmakers were well-received Trump vows to stand with House GOP '1,000 percent' on immigration MORE (R-N.C.) denied that the congressmen were involved in the brief, which presses the Supreme Court to combat partisan redistricting for the first time. 

Meadows and Jones had been listed among 36 current and former lawmakers on the brief, which quotes Meadows three times.

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Meadows' spokesman Ben Williamson said the congressman's name was "added in error," while Jones' spokeswoman Allison Tucker called the incident a "misunderstanding," according to Bloomberg.

Williamson said Meadows had agreed to review the brief "but never intended to formally sign on."

Both congressmen have been removed from the brief, according to their offices. 

WilmerHale, the law firm that filed the brief, didn't immediately respond to The Hill's request for comment.

The case, Gill v. Whitford, could change the way election maps are drawn in the future. It is set to be argued before the nation's highest court on Oct. 3.