GOP lawmaker confronts CNN host in heated interview over Mueller probe

Rep. Dana RohrabacherDana Tyrone RohrabacherDemocrats need a worthy climate plan A timeline of the Mueller probe’s biggest developments Rohrabacher eyes new career as a screenwriter after losing reelection MORE (R-Calif.) got into a heated argument with CNN anchor Ana Cabrera on Friday over Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsOvernight Health Care: Thousands more migrant children may have been separated | Senate rejects bill to permanently ban federal funds for abortion | Women's March to lobby for 'Medicare for All' Acting AG Whitaker's wife defends him in lengthy email to journalist Watchdog: Thousands more migrant children separated from parents than previously known MORE's recusal from the Russia investigation, saying he "got no respect" and that the network does not "respect Trump."

After suggesting that Sessions should not have recused himself from the Russia investigation in order to avoid the appointment of a special counsel, Rohrabacher interrupted a retort from Cabrera, who said that many legal experts agreed Sessions did the right thing in recusing himself.

“Maybe somebody who is your guest should be able to say a few words,” Rohrabacher interrupted. “Your last interviews had nobody on the other side of the issue coming in to have the discussion with CNN. Maybe you should give me a chance, when you have me on your program, to express my opinion.”

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Rohrabacher went on to make the point that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's investigation has so far brought indictments against several members of the Trump campaign for issues unrelated to collusion with Russia during the election, such as Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortDems revive impeachment talk after latest Cohen bombshell The case for Russia sanctions The Hill's Morning Report — Nasty shutdown fight gets nastier MORE's indictment for money laundering, among other charges, and Michael Flynn's indictment for lying to the FBI.

When Cabrera tried to interject to ask another question, Rohrabacher snapped that CNN wasn't a "news operation."

“Please, you might let me make my point before you interrupt me and try to refute me,” Rohrabacher responded. “This isn’t a news operation! This is what the president is upset about. He’s not getting a fair share from you and from the other media and things like this that will try to build into something sinister has happened.”

Cabrera responded, saying that she was not trying to show the California lawmaker any disrespect.

"No disrespect? I got no respect. No disrespect? You don’t respect Trump, you don’t respect people who disagree with you politically and that’s why the news media, which has an agenda, drives special prosecutors," Rohrabacher said. He then pivoted back to his point about the scope of the special prosecutor's mandate and why Sessions should not have recused himself.

"You don’t want a special prosecutor unless he’s looking at a special issue. That’s when you do it," he said. "We’ve already seen Manafort, here he is, I mean, having to face the onslaught of things he had — that had nothing to do with Trump’s collusion with Russia."

The clip was quickly picked up by many on social media, including CNN media reporter Brian Stelter, who tweeted that many Twitter users said Rohrabacher was "bullying" Cabrera.

"This CNN segment is going viral — lots of tweeters saying @RepRohrabacher acted like a bully when @AnaCabrera tried to ask Q's and fact-check him," Stelter tweeted.

Rohrabacher was invited on the show to speak with Cabrera about his disagreement with Sessions over marijuana policy. This week, the Justice Department announced it would stop de-prioritizing marijuana cases in states where the drug is legal, a move Rohrabacher says he disagrees with because he thinks it should be left up to the states.

Recreational marijuana became legal in California earlier this week.