The New York Times reporters behind the reporting, Alexander Burns and Jonathan Martin, say they are sitting on more audio from the period which could further damage Mr. McCarthy politically.
Trump says relationship with McCarthy unblemished by leaked audio
"We don't want a McCain or a Romney that is not going to push back. We tried that and we lost miserably," said Jonathan Martin, the chairman of the Republican Party in Lee County, Florida.
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