Kevin McCarthy: 'I believe the president' on E. Jean Carroll allegation

Kevin McCarthy: 'I believe the president' on E. Jean Carroll allegation
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats see victory in a voting rights defeat Former acting Defense secretary under Trump met with Jan. 6 committee: report GOP's McCarthy has little incentive to work with Jan. 6 panel MORE (R-Calif.) said he believes President TrumpDonald TrumpSanders calls out Manchin, Sinema ahead of filibuster showdown Laura Ingraham 'not saying' if she'd support Trump in 2024 The Hill's 12:30 Report: Djokovic may not compete in French Open over vaccine requirement MORE's denial of writer E. Jean Carroll's rape allegation against him. 

“I’ve never met her, I understand what the president said, so I know nothing more about the situation,” McCarthy said at a press conference Tuesday. 

"The president said this is not true,” he added. 


Asked whether he believes Trump, he responded, “Yes,  I believe the president.”

Trump has denied Carroll's allegation, including in an exclusive interview with The Hill on Monday. 

“I’ll say it with great respect: Number one, she’s not my type. Number two, it never happened. It never happened, OK?” he said. He also previously denied the allegation. 

New York magazine last week published Carroll's allegation of rape against the president alongside a photo identifying Carroll, Trump, his then-wife Ivana Trump and Carroll's then-husband, John Johnson, attending the same party around 1987.

She wrote that she ran into Trump in Bergdorf Goodman in the 1990s. She alleged that they eventually ended up in the dressing room where Trump lunged at her, pushed her against a wall, kissed her, pulled down her tights and raped her.