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

CNN’s Chris Cuomo clashed with Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanCheney, top GOP lawmakers ask Trump campaign for proof of election fraud New RSC chairman sees 'Trumpism' as future Sunday shows preview: Biden team gears up for transition, Trump legal battles continue and pandemic rages on 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 McCabeCarter Page sues over surveillance related to Russia probe McCabe defends investigation of Trump before Senate committee: We had 'many reasons' The Hill's 12:30 Report: What to know about the Pfizer vaccine announcement MORE and McCabe's previous push to investigate former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary and Chelsea Clinton to host series based on their book 'Gutsy Women' Democrats see spike in turnout among Asian American, Pacific Islander voters Biden officially announces ex-Obama official Brian Deese as top economic adviser 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 NunesBiden's Cabinet a battleground for future GOP White House hopefuls Overnight Defense: Trump loyalist to lead Pentagon transition | Democrats ask VA for vaccine distribution plan | Biden to get classified intel reports Ex-Nunes aide linked to Biden conspiracy theories will lead Pentagon transition 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 ComeyThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - Dem leaders back smaller COVID-19 relief bill as pandemic escalates Trump blasts special counsel Durham for moving too slowly Biden plans to keep Wray as FBI director: report MORE in the past when other Republicans backed his efforts.

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