Putin paid Trump? Republicans think McCarthy’s statement has to be a joke.
When told of this, Ryan said it never happened.
When told the press had a recording, Ryan said it was just joking around.
On the recording Ryan tells everyone present to keep McCarthy's remarks secret to protect the Republican bruderbund.
If it was a joke it was one hell of a telling joke, both about Trump and about McCarthy and the GOP boys in the House.
They saw it even before the election.
They know perfectly well, and knew all along, that Trump was out to undermine American national security to the advantage of Putin, and even in collaboration with him.