More leaks of conversations between Republicans in Congress could become public soon, according to House Speaker Paul Ryan.
While on the air with conservative talk radio host Hugh Hewitt, Speaker Ryan alluded to a potential leak by former independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin, who was a former staffer for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Washington). McMullin, a former Goldman Sachs executive and CIA officer, was present for multiple Republican House leadership meetings attended by Ryan and other top Congressional leaders while working for McMorris Rodgers.
“I’m not going to speculate,” Ryan said, “but [McMullin is] the name most people — you hear about.”
According to The Hill, Ryan didn’t immediately clarify which Republican leaders’ conversations would be leaked, but did say that the possibility of future leaks was a “cause for concern.”
Earlier this week, leaked audio obtained by the Washington Post featured Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-California) telling fellow Republican lawmakers that he thought both then-candidate Donald Trump and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-California) — who is a vocal defender of Russia — were on the payroll of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
McCarthy made the suggestion after attending a talk hosted by the prime minister of Ukraine, who reportedly spoke at length about how the Kremlin typically sponsors populist politicians as a means of destabilizing Eastern democracies. According to the Washington Post, McCarthy told other Republican leaders that it was feasible that “Putin pays” both Trump and Rohrabacher, pointing out the accusations that Moscow was attempting to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.
“Swear to God,” Rep. McCarthy said after his fellow Republicans laughed off the insinuation.
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