Evan McMullin Suspected to Be Source Who Leaked McCarthy’s Joke About Russia Paying Trump
An internal investigation by congressional Republicans into the surreptitious recording and leak of comments made by Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has reportedly zeroed in on a suspect: former CIA officer and “Never Trump” presidential candidate Evan McMullin.
According to The Hill, unnamed sources close to the investigation say House GOP leadership is currently considering whether the leaker could be charged under either Federal statutes or internal House rules.
The recording was made at a closed-door leadership summit in 2016. In the leaked audio, McCarthy can be heard saying: “There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump. Swear to God.”
Initial uncertainty as to whether McCarthy was being serious or not led to a miniature political scandal and major media frenzy.
The inquiry, however, is not simply limited to the domestic fallout from McCarthy’s statement. The Hill notes:
“Leaders are also trying to figure out whether the individual who recorded the meeting passed or sent the audio of the high-level, closed-door meeting to a foreign government or foreign agent. National security and foreign policy implications are being evaluated as well, sources said.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan has aired his concerns that further audio recordings may be released in the future.
For more, see The Hill’s full report here.
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