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McCarthy downplays possible N.Y. case against Trump, dismisses it as 'personal money'

By Marisa Iati and John Wagner

21 Mar 2023 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has called the case against former president Donald Trump political, citing statute of limitations as to why Trump shouldn't be prosecuted.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Tuesday sought to downplay the legal case related to a hush-money payment by former president Donald Trump to an adult-film actress, saying it involved "personal money" and shouldn't be able to be prosecuted under the statute of limitations.

"I think you know in your heart of hearts that this is just political," McCarthy told reporters at a House Republican retreat in Orlando. "And I think that's what the rest of the country thinks. And we're kind of tired of that."

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