On Friday, House Speaker Paul Ryan said he’s “never seen anything like” the leaked recording of House Leader Kevin McCarthy, allegedly jokingly, saying that he believes the Russian President Vladimir Putin was paying Donald Trump as a candidate as well as Rep. Dana Rohrabacher.
On Wednesday, The Washington Post reported that there was a recording of a meeting from last summer, where House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy could be heard saying “there’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump.” His GOP colleagues laughed, to which he replied, “swear to God.”
Ryan reportedly quickly made a comment to try and keep the conversation private: “No leaks. This is how we know we’re a real family here.”
The spokesmen for both Paul Ryan and Kevin McCarthy initially denied the conversation ever happened, until the Post claimed that they had a recording of it.
Paul Ryan said: “I’ve never seen anything like this. There was somebody who taped a meeting a year ago where our majority leader cracked a joke and then they released the tape of that joke out just a few days ago and that’s a pretty bizarre thing to happen. So obviously that’s a cause of concern of ours.”
Ryan was asked by Hewitt if he believed the leaker to be Evan McMullin, an alternative conservative presidential candidate to Trump last year, who had also attended the meeting. He was also known to be critical of Republicans who were not standing strongly against Donald Trump as a candidate. Paul Ryan refused to venture a guess.
“I’m not going to speculate on who it is. That’s the name that most people, you know, hear about.”