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“Россия” (Russia) – a variant of the Russian presidential flag.

Majority Leader McCarthy in 2016: ‘I think Putin pays Trump’
By Brandon Carter – 05/17/17 06:27 PM EDT

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) accused President Trump of being paid by Russian President Vladimir Putin back in 2016, according to a report resurfacing a conversation between McCarthy and other Republicans.

The Washington Post reported Wednesday that McCarthy made the stunning remarks in a private conversation on Capitol Hill.

“There’s two people I think Putin pays: [California Republican Dana] Rohrabacher and Trump,” McCarthy said, according to the report.

The Post reports that Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) stopped the conversation immediately and made the members present swear to secrecy.

“No leaks,” Ryan said. “This is how we know we’re a real family here.”

[….]

That Kevin McCarthy (r).

This Kevin McCarthy (r):

Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
Yes, @GOPLeader McCarthy is absolutely right about this.

Their entire argument, which they bring up over and over again, is built on the fact that they do not want
@realDonaldTrump to be President.

No one should weaponize impeachment for politics purposes.

[….]

2:19 PM · Jan 23, 2020

So, quick question, was Kevin McCarthy (r) absolutely right in 2016? One or the other. Which is it? Just asking.

Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) [2016 file photo].

“…No one should weaponize impeachment for politics purposes.” Have you ever heard of Bill Clinton? Just asking.

There was much hilarity in some of the responses:

Bullsh*t, Vicky. Even after being stonewalled by trump, the Democrats have more than enough evidence to convict and remove him. The problem? Republican senators violating their oath to be impartial jurors in IMPOTUS’ senate trial. Willful ignorance!

Oh, def! Cuz all those things the President did – like ask for a “favor” and block all evidence and witnesses – are totally fine! They have no VALID reason to push to remove someone who abuses the power of their office if they didn’t like him to begin with. #ImpeachmentTrial

Because he broke the law! Let’s be clear about something. On Tuesday, every single Republican senator voted to block access to firsthand witnesses and relevant documents. And now they have to gall to say that so far in the trial, they haven’t learned anything new.
Traitors

Someone needs to design a test to see if any of these GOP reps have read or watched the House testimonies or read the documents available to date. None of these folks are taking their oaths of office seriously. Shameful. Vote the entire GOP out from all levels of govt.

They don’t want him to be president because he has committed crimes while in office, has obstructed Congress, the Mueller probe and the Justice Department at every opportunity. His charity was shut down by NY state and he was fined & banned from running charities there, so YES!

Funny, I feel like you all are turning a deaf ear and a blind eye to everything for the exact same reason. You are not on the right side of history on this

It’s time for Republican senators to put country before party. Americans deserve to see a fair trial, not a GOP-cover up on Trump’s behalf.

No, @RepHartzler – the argument is that the president shouldn’t coerce a foreign government into helping him cheat in an election. The argument is that the president should place the national interest above his own personal interest.

Their argument is that Republicans should place country over party rather than be complicit in a cover up.

yes, we do not want an immoral man abusing his office for personal gain as President.

why is that a problem?

He committed a crime that Obama would have been burned in effigy for. We knew the president’s character was questionable prior to the election.. but we know now FOR CERTAIN he’s a crook. This isn’t about popularity.

If you’ve checked lately, Donald Trump (r) is not popular.

Bad combover. Check. Too long red tie. Check. Orange spray tan. Check. Tiny hands. Check. Cluelessness. Check…

Exploiting Ukraine’s vulnerability as our ally is exactly what the president did. He unlawfully withheld aid (according to GAO) in order to obtain a sham investigation

We see through it, Vicky. No matter how much you all cry about anything besides the facts

You’re partially right on that one, we just don’t want a Russian puppet in office.

“Make America Great Again” – in Russian.

The American people deserve a fair trial.

But President Trump and Senator McConnell don’t even want to consider witnesses and documents.

Why are Senate Republicans enabling a cover-up?

Abuse of power/obstruction/bribery & extortion.

You’re the only one making this argument.

Well, to be fair, republicans are the only ones making this argument.

I’m sure witnesses and evidence would prove that…

More talking points handed down by your male superiors.

You are putting your party before your Country yet again. Uphold the Constitution. Quit drinking the Kool Aid. Do your job. Your part in this cover up will be remembered.

Their arguments are built on facts. Your specific argument here is built on an assumption: they are doing this for political gain. As an american i find your claims mere distraction from the reality: donald john trump acted criminally for personal gain.

Actually, and factually, they are saying they don’t think any President who acts in this way should stay in their position. Get the @gop, um, I mean goop out of your ears and pay attention.

Impeachment is weaponized to remove a bad president. Yes, it impeachment is a political process. Kindly explain to your constituents why you support him.

She got to ride on Air Force One once.

Didn’t @GOPLeader say Trump was paid by Russia? And now we find somewhere was McCarthy. #GOPCoverup #GOPCorruptionOverCountry #GOPTraitors

Heh.

Nonsense. Go re-read your oath. Try and live it or step down.

Fuuuuuck you!

Nope. Wrong again.

Oh ps your gopleader is a liar and a co-conspirator.

No one should be supporting a lying, racist, bigoted, xenophobic extortionist as president. But here we are.

Here we are.