House GOP leader suggested Putin was paying Trump

Donald Trump is accused of being paid by Putin More

The report explains that California Representative Dana Rohrabacher is known around Congress as a staunch defender of Russian Federation and Vladimir Putin.

The Post reports that Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanRepublicans consumed by Trump-Comey saga Ryan: "I welcome" Mueller to Russian Federation probe Committees clamor for Comey's testimony MORE (R-Wis.) stopped the conversation immediately and made the members present swear to secrecy.

The offices of both Ryan and McCarthy initially told the Post that this report was "fiction", before the Post said it had it on tape.

What's more, after McCarthy made the comment about Trump being on Putin's payroll, and some in the room laughed, the House Majority Leader added, "Swear to God". "We do know the Carbon dioxide in the past had its time when it was greater as well".

And, almost a year later, someone would handed a tape of that conversation to the Washington Post.

The conversation provides a glimpse at the internal views of GOP leaders who now find themselves under mounting pressure over the conduct of President Trump. The Post notes it's impossible to tell whether McCarthy was kidding from the recording.

The revelation comes the same day a special counsel was appointed by the Department of Justice to investigate Russia's alleged interference in the presidential election and whether any members of the Trump campaign were involved.

A leading Republican believed President Trump was getting money from Russian Federation with love. But the audio is real, and after denying that it could have existed, Paul Ryan's rep says it was all a joke, don't take everything so seriously.

McMullin has been a vocal critic of Trump.

Rohrabacher said he isn't taking offense to the comments, adding he believes the majority leader made the comments in jest. A spokesman for House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) said it was "clearly an attempt at humor".

The McCarthy quip came during a campaign when Trump frequently praised Putin as a strong leader.

The tape was made in June previous year, before WikiLeaks started releasing Hillary Clinton's emails its believed were supplied by Russian intelligence services, in order to tip the election in Mr Trump's favour. Mueller's appointment is a sign of how untenable things had become, particularly after reports that President Trump tried to convince Comey to drop the investigation into Michael Flynn.

Rohrabacher's long-standing friendliness toward Russian Federation has been a source of confusion in Washington for years.

So House leaders suspected Trump of being compromised in the worst possible way for a future president - and supported him anyway.

Despite McCarthy's claims, Ryan continued on as a good GOP soldier and insisted on the importance of keeping this between those in the know.

Later, Ryan spoke privately with McCarthy, Republican Conference Chairman Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, Representative Steve Scalise, the majority whip from Louisiana, and Representative Patrick McHenry, the deputy whip, among others.

"This is an off the record", Ryan said. Soon the discussion turned to the news of the DNC hack.

Ryan: This is, this isn't just about Ukraine. "We see a lot of money pouring in from Russian Federation".

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