Rohrabacher: McCarthy was joking about Russia, but should be ‘very careful’ with humor
Also, **it’s important to note that the congressman’s remarks came amid a lighthearted moment during the 2016 meeting in which the attendees were laughing about the presidential election, the hacking of the Democratic National Committee and the possibility that the Russians had opposition research on Trump.
McCarthy, for his part, maintained Wednesday evening that he was just fooling around during the 2016 meeting.
It was “a bad attempt at a joke,” he told reporters. “If you listen to it, everybody laughs. So you know that it’s a bad attempt at a joke, and that’s all there is to it.”
“No one believes it to be true,” he added, saying he is “100 percent” confident in the president.**
Rohrabacher, who was also targeted by McCarthy’s comments, laughed off the news reports Wednesday.
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