House GOP Leader Suggested Putin Was Paying Trump

"There's two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump", McCarthy, a California Republican, said, according to a recording of the June 15, 2016, exchange, which was listened to and verified by the Washington Post.

When some of his audience laughed at the comments, McCarthy added: "Swear to God", the Post reported. Mr. Dana Rohrabacher, the other person, allegedly receiving payments from Russian Federation and a fervent defendant of Vladimir Putin, added his view of Mr. McCarthy's statement to the fray.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told his colleagues to not share the remarks, the Post reported.

Just to be sure he's made his point on NO LEAKS, he says "This is how we know we're a real family here".

A spokesman for Ryan said the remarks were meant as humor and had been taken out of context.

The remarks remained secret for almost a year.

McCarthy was reportedly prompted into discussing potential ties between Trump and Putin as news had just broken the day before of detailing Russia's hacking of the Democratic National Committee.

The group started the conversation about the goings-on in Ukraine and how Russian Federation was using propaganda in its conflict with the neighboring country, which led to Ryan remarking about the hacking of emails from the Democratic National Committee. That's from Rep. Kevin McCarthy, and it's apparently what he thought back in June after Trump had won the Republican nomination.

And it's pretty clear why Ryan wanted to shut this discussion down and asked participants not to leak it. Prime Minister Groysman had moments earlier told both McCarthy and Ryan that Russian President Vladimir Putin was prone to a particular tactic of supporting, verbally and financially, populist leaders around the world in an attempt to undermine and weaken Eastern European democracies. 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.

Mr Mueller was appointed Federal Bureau of Investigation director in 2001 and led the Federal Bureau of Investigation through the aftermath of the September 11 terror attacks. He has resigned from his job at a private law firm - linked on social media to work done for Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner - to take the job of special counsel.

Only Ryan can explain why he would still trust Trump after learning that the president fired FBI director James Comey to kill the Russian Federation investigation, after asking Comey last February to bury the Michael Flynn case. "These investigations ought to be carried out with thoroughness and fairness". I look forward to this matter concluding quickly.

This is pretty ridiculous in the case of Trump, since as near as I can tell he has no sense of humor and never laughs about anything.

  • Zachary Reyes