New McCarthy ad praising Trump includes Russian stock footage

A new ad released by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthy58 percent say Jan. 6 House committee is biased: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate finalizes .2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill Sunday shows - Delta variant, infrastructure dominate MORE (R-Calif.) that praises President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden administration to keep Trump-era rule of turning away migrants during pandemic On The Money: Biden, Pelosi struggle with end of eviction ban | Trump attorney says he will fight release of tax returns Lack of transatlantic cooperation on trade threatens global climate change goals 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 PutinRussia says 24 diplomats asked by U.S. to leave by September Is Ukraine Putin's Taiwan? Democrats find a tax Republicans can support MORE, especially after determinations that the Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election.