News Alert: The House majority leader told colleagues last year: ‘I think Putin pays’ Trump. Paul Ryan told them not to leak the remarks.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy made the politically explosive assertion in a private conversation on Capitol Hill in June 2016 with his fellow GOP leaders. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) interjected and stopped the conversation from exploring McCarthy’s assertion, saying: “No leaks. …This is how we know we’re a real family here.” After being told that The Washington Post would cite a recording of the exchange, a spokesman for Ryan said, “This entire year-old exchange was clearly an attempt at humor.” The conversation provides a glimpse at the internal views of GOP leaders who now find themselves under mounting pressure over the conduct of President Trump. The exchange shows that the Republican leadership in the House privately discussed Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election and Trump’s relationship to Putin, but wanted to keep their concerns secret.

 
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News Alert Wed., May. 17, 2017 5:58 p.m.
 
 
The House majority leader told colleagues last year: ‘I think Putin pays’ Trump. Paul Ryan told them not to leak the remarks.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy made the politically explosive assertion in a private conversation on Capitol Hill in June 2016 with his fellow GOP leaders. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) interjected and stopped the conversation from exploring McCarthy’s assertion, saying: “No leaks. …This is how we know we’re a real family here.” After being told that The Washington Post would cite a recording of the exchange, a spokesman for Ryan said, “This entire year-old exchange was clearly an attempt at humor.” The conversation provides a glimpse at the internal views of GOP leaders who now find themselves under mounting pressure over the conduct of President Trump. The exchange shows that the Republican leadership in the House privately discussed Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election and Trump’s relationship to Putin, but wanted to keep their concerns secret.
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