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CNN's Cuomo clashes with conservative lawmaker: You're 'selective in your outrage'

CNN's Chris Cuomo clashed with Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) during an interview Monday, claiming that Jordan and other conservative lawmakers were "selective in their outrage."

Cuomo opened up the interview by asking Jordan about Trump's tweets over the weekend, but the topic quickly switched to the so-called Steele dossier and alleged abuses by the FBI and Department of Justice.

"I will let the bait of the FISA court and all of that drift away because it's irrelevant to the president's personal fate," Cuomo said.

"I don't know if it's irrelevant," Jordan, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, interjected.

Cuomo argued that those allegations have "nothing to do with what is happening to him."

"Well I disagree," Jordan said.

"Tell me how I'm wrong about that," Cuomo said. "How am I wrong about how speculation about the Democrats and the dossier is relevant to what the president is doing?"

Jordan continued to argue that the alleged abuses play a part in the investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia and that the probe hadn't yet revealed proof of collusion.

The pair then moved on to argue over the firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and McCabe's previous push to investigate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation.

"You guys are so selective in your outrage you want to go after McCabe," Cuomo said. "McCabe was trying to push to investigate Clinton, which is what you say you wanted."

Jordan said that he isn't going after McCabe but that "his colleagues are the ones who said he should be prosecuted," citing an inspector general report that led to McCabe's firing.

"When you had Devin Nunes, when you had your friend Mr. Kobach going out and doing all kinds of manipulation and deception to the American people, you weren't outraged, right?" Cuomo said, referring to the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R), who led the White House commission to investigate voter fraud in the 2016 elections.

"You weren't outraged about their behavior then. Why? Because you were OK with the behavior. Here, you don't like McCabe so you go after him, even though he was fighting to do what you want him to do. That's ugly politics, Jim. Ugly politics," he added.

Jordan defended himself, saying that he has criticized figures like former FBI Director James Comey in the past when other Republicans backed his efforts.

"I call 'em like I see 'em," the Republican said.

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