This exchange, recorded June 15th, 2016 was immediately ended by House Speaker Paul Ryan. Speaker Ryan swore the Republicans present to secrecy. “No leaks…This is how we know we’re a real family here,” the Speaker said to everyone present according to the Washington Post.
“There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump,” McCarthy (R-Calif.) said, according to a recording of the June 15, 2016, exchange, which was listened to and verified by The Washington Post. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher is a Californian Republican known in Congress as a fervent defender of Putin and Russia. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) immediately interjected, stopping the conversation from further exploring McCarthy’s assertion, and swore the Republicans present to secrecy.
Evan McMullin, who was Policy Director of the House Conference, was physically present during this conversation, confirmed its veracity to the Washington Post. “It’s true that Majority Leader McCarthy said that he thought candidate Trump was on the Kremlin’s payroll. Speaker Ryan was concerned about that leaking,” said Mr. McMullin.
The spokesman for both Speaker Ryan and the House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy both issued denials.
Despite his reservations, the House Majority leader still emphatically supported President Donald’s Trump candidacy, even signing up to become his delegate at the Republican National Convention. In February, it was reported that when Donald Trump saw the House Majority leader he called him “My Kevin”.