According the Washington Post, “A month before Donald Trump clinched the Republican nomination, one of his closest allies in Congress — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy — made a politically explosive assertion in a private conversation on Capitol Hill with his fellow GOP leaders: that Trump could be the beneficiary of payments from Russian President Vladimir Putin.”
“There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump,” McCarthy told a gathering of lawmakers.
Fellow California Republican Dana Rohrabacher is known as Putin’s favorite congressman.
The Washington Post claimed Speaker Ryan immediately interjected before McCarthy’s assertion about Trump could be further explored.
“No leaks…this is how we know we’re a real family here,” Speaker Ryan said in an attempt to keep the conversation private.
You can read the entire transcript here.