New McCarthy ad praising Trump includes Russian stock footage

A new ad released by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyGaetz set to endorse primary opponent of fellow Florida GOP lawmaker Bass honored US Communist Party leader in unsurfaced remarks Don't let Trump distract us from the real threat of his presidency MORE (R-Calif.) that praises President TrumpDonald John TrumpLincoln Project ad dubs Jared Kushner the 'Secretary of Failure' Pence: Chief Justice Roberts 'has been a disappointment to conservatives' Twitter bans Trump campaign until it deletes tweet with COVID-19 misinformation MORE seemingly includes Russian stock footage.

McCarthy released the ad on Twitter defending the president amid the impeachment inquiry and as the 2020 election approaches. But one of the clips in the ad was discovered to be stock footage from Russia.

The clip showing a farmer walking through a cornfield was found on the website Pond5 and is credited to a user from Russia. 


Andrew Kaczynski, a reporter from CNN, first connected the footage to Russia sources. 

Kaczynski pointed out that another clip of a farmer within the ad was uploaded from a user in Israel. 

The Hill reached out to McCarthy’s office for comment. 

Trump has been criticized previously for his relationship with Russia and Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinThe tragedy of Trump's foreign policy Steele's dossier: 'Clown show' or the greatest Russian coup? US 'deeply troubled' by escalating conflict in Libya MORE, especially after determinations that the Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election.