Majority Leader McCarthy in 2016: 'I think Putin pays Trump'

Majority Leader McCarthy in 2016: 'I think Putin pays Trump'

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) accused President Trump of being paid by Russian President Vladimir Putin back in 2016, according to a report resurfacing a conversation between McCarthy and other Republicans.

The Washington Post reported Wednesday that McCarthy made the stunning remarks in a private conversation on Capitol Hill.

“There’s two people I think Putin pays: [California Republican Dana] Rohrabacher and Trump,” McCarthy said, according to the report.


The Post reports that Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanTwitter joins Democrats to boost mail-in voting — here's why Lobbying world John Ratcliffe is the right choice for director of national intelligence — and for America MORE (R-Wis.) stopped the conversation immediately and made the members present swear to secrecy. 

“No leaks,” Ryan said. “This is how we know we’re a real family here.”

After the Post’s report published, Ryan counselor Brendan Buck hit back on Twitter, calling the report “dumb.”

The Post’s report comes as Republicans in Congress are under increased pressure after a string of bombshell reports involving Trump, including that Trump shared classified information with top Russian officials during an Oval Office meeting last week.