It seems that Paul Ryan is distraught over a recording that has him telling GOP members not to talk about their concerns that President Donald Trump was probably paid off by Vladimir Putin.
According to the Washington Post, a meeting at the Capitol on June 15 was recorded and House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy can be heard voicing his concern that Rep. Dana Rohrabacher and Trump may have received payments form the Russian president.
Ryan can also be heard telling members of his Party not to “leak” details of what they talked about.
The recording has since been made public and now Ryan is worried about what else may have been recorded.
“I’ve never seen anything like this,” Ryan said during an interview with conservative talk radio host Hugh Hewitt. “There was somebody who taped a meeting a year ago where our majority leader cracked a joke and then they released the tape of that joke out just a few days ago and that’s a pretty bizarre thing to happen. So obviously that’s a cause of concern of ours.”
When Hewitt asked Ryan if he thought that Evan McMullin, a Utah Republican who ran a “never Trump” campaign for president, was the one who leaked the recordings, he said, “I’m not going to speculate on who it is.”
The Washington Post admitted to Axios that although McMullin was not the person who leaked the tapes, he has previously referred to McCarthy’s comment in a New York Times op-ed in February.
“Suspect public comments like these led one senior Republican leader to dolefully inform his peers that he thought Mr. Trump was on the Kremlin’s payroll, suggesting that Mr. Trump had been compromised by Russian intelligence,” McMullin wrote.
“Other leaders were surprised by their colleague’s frank assessment, but did not dispute it.”