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

CNN’s Chris Cuomo clashed with Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanOklahoma State to require masks in football stands, urges mobile ticketing Win by QAnon believer creates new headaches for House GOP World's most trafficked mammal gives Trump new way to hit China on COVID-19 MORE (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 McCabeAndrew George McCabeFBI officials hid copies of Russia probe documents fearing Trump interference: book Senate GOP set to ramp up Obama-era probes Showtime miniseries to feature Jeff Daniels as Comey, Brendan Gleeson as Trump MORE and McCabe's previous push to investigate former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonUSPS warns Pennsylvania mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time to be counted Senate leaves until September without coronavirus relief deal Gloria Steinem: Selection of Kamala Harris recognizes that 'black women ... are the heart and soul of the Democratic Party' MORE 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 NunesDevin Gerald NunesSunday shows preview: White House, congressional Democrats unable to breach stalemate over coronavirus relief The Hill's Campaign Report: US officials say Russia, China are looking to sow discord in election The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Negotiators 'far apart' as talks yield little ahead of deadline MORE, 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 ComeyJames Brien ComeyTrump hits FBI Director Wray: 'I wish he was more forthcoming' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Harris launch Trump offensive in first joint appearance Ron Johnson signals some GOP senators concerned about his Obama-era probes MORE in the past when other Republicans backed his efforts.

“I call 'em like I see 'em,” the Republican said.