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Fri Nov 1, 2019, 08:52 AM

Kevin McCarthy is implicated in the scandal he doesn't want investigated

https://www.emptywheel.net/2019/10/31/the-republican-closing-argument-against-impeachment-is-personally-implicated-in-the-scandal/
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But perhaps the most telling aspect of the debate is that the Republican closing argument — yet another recital of that same Hamilton quote — came from Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

Kevin McCarthy is implicated in the scandal he doesn’t want investigated.

McCarthy received money both personally and in the guise of his Protect the House PAC from Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas, the grifters at the core of the influence operation that led to Trump’s quid pro quo conversation with Volodymyr Zelensky. He also keynoted an event with the grifters. While he has said he’d donate the money to charity (though has not yet, as far as I know, shown that he did that), there is no way to unring the bell of their support. He became Majority Leader with the support of men who have since been indicted for that support.

That is the face that is leading opposition to impeachment.

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Reply Kevin McCarthy is implicated in the scandal he doesn't want investigated (Original post)
dajoki Nov 1 OP
Kid Berwyn Nov 1 #1
calimary Nov 1 #22
Hermit-The-Prog Nov 1 #33
calimary Nov 1 #38
Hermit-The-Prog Nov 1 #39
Kid Berwyn Nov 1 #40
Initech Nov 1 #34
volstork Nov 1 #37
Kid Berwyn Nov 1 #41
MagickMuffin Nov 1 #2
Chiyo-chichi Nov 1 #7
lagomorph777 Nov 1 #12
Cartaphelius Nov 1 #36
Jarqui Nov 1 #3
stuffmatters Nov 1 #42
uponit7771 Nov 1 #4
dalton99a Nov 1 #5
awesomerwb1 Nov 1 #6
lagomorph777 Nov 1 #21
awesomerwb1 Nov 1 #23
lagomorph777 Nov 1 #24
Grammy23 Nov 1 #8
George II Nov 1 #9
flibbitygiblets Nov 1 #13
usaf-vet Nov 1 #14
George II Nov 1 #15
usaf-vet Nov 1 #17
Grammy23 Nov 1 #28
dlk Nov 1 #10
malaise Nov 1 #11
gordianot Nov 1 #16
BlancheSplanchnik Nov 1 #18
lagomorph777 Nov 1 #19
bucolic_frolic Nov 1 #20
BlueIdaho Nov 1 #25
Midnightwalk Nov 1 #26
empedocles Nov 1 #27
Captain Zero Nov 1 #29
NCjack Nov 1 #43
Toorich Nov 1 #30
Hermit-The-Prog Nov 1 #32
SWBTATTReg Nov 1 #31
patphil Nov 1 #35

Response to dajoki (Original post)

Fri Nov 1, 2019, 09:06 AM

1. All roads lead to Putin. On it are his puppets...

The Guardian:

In an exchange first reported by the Washington Post, McCarthy said: “There’s …there’s two people, I think, Putin pays: [California Representative Dana] Rohrabacher and Trump … [laughter] … swear to God.”

According to the transcript, speaker Paul Ryan immediately responded: “This is an off-the-record … [laughter] … NO LEAKS … [laughter] … alright?!”

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/17/putin-pays-donald-trump-kevin-mccarthy-recording

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 1, 2019, 10:32 AM

22. Maybe that should be their new "nickname": Repuppets.

Pulling their strings from high above their heads: Vladimir Puppetmaster.

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Response to calimary (Reply #22)

Fri Nov 1, 2019, 12:10 PM

33. Russiapublicans

Gotta keep it simple and direct enough that there's no doubt.

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Response to Hermit-The-Prog (Reply #33)

Fri Nov 1, 2019, 02:21 PM

38. That works too.

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Response to calimary (Reply #38)

Fri Nov 1, 2019, 02:29 PM

39. Gangsters of Putin: Russiapublican Repuppet Repugnants

Get 'em all!



"[Senator | Representative], does that R mean you are a Russiapublican, a Repuppet, a Repugnant, or all three? Who pays for your campaign?"

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Response to calimary (Reply #22)

Fri Nov 1, 2019, 03:57 PM

40. Repuppets: The Reputin Party

Spawn of Vladimir ‘n’ the NRA

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 1, 2019, 12:11 PM

34. You could almost play Six Degrees Of Vladimir Putin with this bunch.

They're all connected to him and it's quite the tangled web they weave.

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Response to Initech (Reply #34)

Fri Nov 1, 2019, 01:47 PM

37. Probably

with significantly fewer than six degrees...

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Response to Initech (Reply #34)

Fri Nov 1, 2019, 04:00 PM

41. If the Mob didn't already own Vladimir, I'd be more concerned.

“We’re bigger than General Motors.” — Meyer Lansky

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Fri Nov 1, 2019, 09:08 AM

2. I thought Kevin McCarthy is the MINORITY leader


I remember when we won the HOUSE, that Kevin was having a SAD because he didn't want to be referred as "The MINORITY leader.

Did all the news media decide to let poor little Kevin have his way?

I've seen him referred to the Majority leader a lot.

I checked the wiki: A member of the Republican Party, he is the House Minority Leader, having previously served as House Majority Leader from August 2014 to January 2019.



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Response to MagickMuffin (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 1, 2019, 09:29 AM

7. You are quite right.

The blog is accurate in saying that he became Majority Leader with support from Parnas and Fruman, but the first reference to him should say "House Minority Leader."

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Response to MagickMuffin (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 1, 2019, 09:58 AM

12. He led the GOPee from the majority into the minority.

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Response to MagickMuffin (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 1, 2019, 12:45 PM

36. And as a direct witness to Russia's "contribution"

to the 2016 election and Trump's, could Chairman Schiff call him as a witness
to be questioned by Staff Attorney's to publicly expose his collusion, criminality
and out right lies?

I would pay for that show!

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Fri Nov 1, 2019, 09:09 AM

3. McCarthy knew "Putin pays Trump"

https://www.washingtonpost.com/apps/g/page/national/read-the-transcript-of-the-conversation-among-gop-leaders-obtained-by-the-post/2209/

So this is more sinister than him just giving the money back. Because already he knew Russian money was being given to members of his party ... and in reaction to that: he put his hand out.

He should be kicked out of Congress.

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Response to Jarqui (Reply #3)

Fri Nov 1, 2019, 04:10 PM

42. Always thought his overheard "slip" was intentional to protect their whole Party,

By that date, Russia had massive hooks in the GOP through direct donations, Pac donations , "social welfare" tax free donations/money laundering 501C3s (eg. RW Churches, the whole Koch Pravda network,the NRA) as well as to
McConnell and Ryan for direct distribution. Easier to finger only the two already under scrutiny and contain the damage that let the
public pursue the question of how long and how much has Putin been "paying" so many of them. Including Ryan, McCarthy, McConnell.

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Fri Nov 1, 2019, 09:09 AM

4. THIS !!! THIS !!! I KNEW IT !!! They're all on the take from Russia and the fuckers know it !!!

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Fri Nov 1, 2019, 09:20 AM

5. Yep, Putin pays him too

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Fri Nov 1, 2019, 09:21 AM

6. Anybody know who has the recording

of those infamous comments?

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Response to awesomerwb1 (Reply #6)

Fri Nov 1, 2019, 10:30 AM

21. I swear I've heard the audio but no luck finding it yet. Here's the original story.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/house-majority-leader-to-colleagues-in-2016-i-think-putin-pays-trump/2017/05/17/515f6f8a-3aff-11e7-8854-21f359183e8c_story.html

I've found more recent threads online where people are complaining that they have heard it too, but they think the audio seems to have been scrubbed from the net.

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Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #21)

Fri Nov 1, 2019, 10:37 AM

23. You've heard the audio?

Are you sure?

I've never heard it, but it could make a nice ad if it were available. Should've been used in 2018 if it wasn't.

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Response to awesomerwb1 (Reply #23)

Fri Nov 1, 2019, 10:41 AM

24. Yes and I've seen other people saying the links where they heard it are coming up 404.

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Fri Nov 1, 2019, 09:31 AM

8. I think once the facts get revealed (and I expect that shortly they will be public knowledge)


members of Congress who received some of Putin’s cash will be squirming and twisting in the wind. No one wants to admit they had anything to do with that money and they’ve dug themselves deeper and deeper trying to keep the ugly secret. And they’ve stuck by tRump for the same reason. It will be fun to watch the truth come out and see the excuses and flailing by the likes of McCarthy. Never a dull moment.....at last we’ll have TV worth seeing! Bring on the public testimony!

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Response to Grammy23 (Reply #8)

Fri Nov 1, 2019, 09:45 AM

9. What worries me is that in situations like this, invariably there are a few Democrats....

....who received contributions from people like that. I hope that's not the case, that will be blown out of proportion by the republicans.

Keep our fingers crossed that no Democrats are involved.

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Response to George II (Reply #9)

Fri Nov 1, 2019, 09:59 AM

13. +1 Bothsiderism kills. n/t

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Response to George II (Reply #9)

Fri Nov 1, 2019, 10:04 AM

14. Sadly there already is at least one. I won't make the job easier so I won't say who in this venue.

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Response to usaf-vet (Reply #14)

Fri Nov 1, 2019, 10:08 AM

15. I hadn't heard that yet, but I'm sure there will be more than one. Unfortunately this happens....

Remember, the Keating Five was "bipartisan".

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Response to George II (Reply #15)

Fri Nov 1, 2019, 10:14 AM

17. To clarify my first post. The money came from Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas BUT w/ NO ties to Ukraine.

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Response to George II (Reply #9)

Fri Nov 1, 2019, 11:31 AM

28. We can only hope that none of them were lured into that trap!


But let’s also hope that we get to the bottom of this nightmare. We have to know the truth before we can begin to heal.

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Fri Nov 1, 2019, 09:49 AM

10. Imagine that...

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Fri Nov 1, 2019, 09:57 AM

11. No wonder he knows that Putin pays

the Con

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Fri Nov 1, 2019, 10:12 AM

16. It may be really difficult to find a clean Republican if such a thing exists.

“Some day I may come to you and ask a favor.”

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Fri Nov 1, 2019, 10:18 AM

18. Hate him. 🤬

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Fri Nov 1, 2019, 10:21 AM

19. We need to run ads in his district, starring Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Fri Nov 1, 2019, 10:29 AM

20. McCarthy

would be a very Big Fish to catch, as well as one of the nastiest. Fingers crossed, but when was the last time such vermin was caught?

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Fri Nov 1, 2019, 10:42 AM

25. McCarthy, Nunes, Graham, and McTurtle

All owned by Russia. The pattern is clear.

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Fri Nov 1, 2019, 11:11 AM

26. Not surprising is it. But how is donating it ok?

I think no one here is even mildly surprised.

That phrase, “donate the money to charity”, always pisses me off when politicians are caught accepting illegal contributions.

Can’t my buddy set up a nonprofit PAC to re-elect me and then I donate the illegal contributions to that. In other words to myself.

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Fri Nov 1, 2019, 11:15 AM

27. Igor and Lev, old reliables

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Response to empedocles (Reply #27)

Fri Nov 1, 2019, 11:33 AM

29. Igor and Lev have deep pockets

And all deep pockets lead to Putin.

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Response to Captain Zero (Reply #29)

Fri Nov 1, 2019, 08:02 PM

43. Their money trails back to sources will be very interesting. nt

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Fri Nov 1, 2019, 11:51 AM

30. *G * O * P*

Government Of Putin

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Response to Toorich (Reply #30)

Fri Nov 1, 2019, 12:08 PM

32. too bothsidesish. try Gangsters Of Putin

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Fri Nov 1, 2019, 12:01 PM

31. Figures. Good grief. With all of the $billionaire buddies that the republican party has, why in...

the world do these republican scumbags need money from Russian thugs? I suspect that something else was going on, such as the Russians in conjunction w/ taking control (or at the behest) of rump, also coordinated efforts to suck in the easy republican targets once rump won the primaries etc., with promises of easy cash (w/o the efforts to entice voters to donate to their campaigns).

No wonder these scumbags are going against Country. And McCarthy received the money personally? I wonder if he even declared the money as income? I bet not. I hope that the IRS nails his a&& for tax fraud then (or at a minimum, he's taken on by a democratic candidate who'll nail his a&&).

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Fri Nov 1, 2019, 12:30 PM

35. It does seem that money has a big role in all of this.

And so much of it is flowing in from Russia.

GOP = Greed Over People.

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