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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 McCarthyLoyalty trumps policy in Stefanik's rise, Cheney's fall Cheney drama exposes GOP's Trump rifts Likely Cheney successor appears on Bannon show to tout GOP unity MORE (R-Calif.) said he believes President TrumpDonald TrumpVeteran accused in alleged border wall scheme faces new charges Arizona Republicans to brush off DOJ concern about election audit FEC drops investigation into Trump hush money payments 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. 

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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.