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Rep. Kevin McCarthy: Trump's man in California

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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, seen walking to the House chamber on Wednesday, says he has the votes needed to pass the GOP health care bill on Thursday. Eric Thayer/Getty Images

House majority leader Kevin McCarthy has had what you can call, an "interesting" week.

The Bakersfield congressman is probably the most influential Californian in Washington. He is known to have President Trump's ear .... and actually, the president once referred to McCarthy as "My Kevin."

Then on Wednesday, the Washington Post published a transcript of a recording– it was McCarthy, and other House leaders talking in private. McCarthy is quoted as saying:

"There's two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump." 

McCarthy says it was a joke, and in addition to the President, he was referring to his fellow California representative, Orange County Republican Dana Rohrabacher.

It may have been embarrassing for McCarthy, but it was a case of great timing for reporter Laurel Rosenhall. This week CalMatters published her expansive profile on the congressman. She spoke to A Martinez about her intimate profile.

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