House GOP leader suggested Putin was paying Trump

“I think Putin pays” Trump: Secret recording reveals Kevin McCarthy's 2016 joke to GOP colleagues

“I think Putin pays” Trump: Secret recording reveals Kevin McCarthy's 2016 joke to GOP colleagues

The hits keep on coming for Donald Trump and on Wednesday the latest chart topper is that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told a small group of GOP leaders previous year that he believes Trump is on Vladimir Putin's payroll. At this very early juncture in the Russian Federation drama, they were already making apparent jokes about collusion between Russian Federation and Trump.

During that private conversation, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy suggested that the party's likely nominee was on the Kremlin's payroll. The Post published a full transcript of the publication tape here.

Clearly Paul Ryan and numerous other GOP leaders were, at the very least, made aware of the possible connection between Putin and Trump, and went out of their way to hide such allegations from the public.

On June 15, 2016, both Ryan and McCarthy held separate meetings at the Capitol with Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman, who described Russia's aggressive interference in European politics and how Moscow was "financing our populists, financing people in our governments to undo our governments".

Another day, another bombshell report concerning Donald Trump's ties to Russian Federation.

Dana Rohrabacher, "Putin's favorite congressman" who was once under consideration for Trump's secretary of state, has a odd history of vehemently defending the Russian president.

Some lawmakers laughed at McCarthy's comment, according to the transcript.

A spokesman for Ryan flatly denied the exchange had taken place, but quickly changed his story after the Post said it had a recording of the conversation, arguing that the comments were just a joke. "It's just a joke". "This is how we know we're a real family here".

The Washington Post's attempt to turn a 2016 joke into a scoop prompted laughter and derision on social media, and even had CNN and far-left Salon scratching their heads. The financial ties and communications between Russia, Trump, and his associates-including Paul Manafort and Mike Flynn, who both received money from Russian-aligned entities-are now being investigated by the federal government as part of a larger probe into Russian election interference in 2016.

One GOP member, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to speak frankly, was skeptical that McCarthy would have any special knowledge of Putin's activities.

Rodgers: "We're not...we're not...but, we're not". McCarthy: The Russians hacked the DNC and got the opp research that they had on Trump.

Ryan: "The Russians hacked the DNC".

Former House Republican Conference policy director Evan McMullin, who took part in the chat previous year and is a fervent anti-Trumper, confirmed the conversation with McCarthy and claimed Ryan tried keeping it under wraps for months.

It said Ryan told those involved not to spread the word, saying: "No leaks. This is how we know we're a real family here". "What's said in the family stays in the family".

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