Matt Gaetz jabs Don Lemon while talking to Chris Cuomo on CNN

Matt Gaetz jabs Don Lemon while talking to Chris Cuomo on CNN
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Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzState probes of Google, Facebook to test century-old antitrust laws Five takeaways on Trump's ouster of John Bolton GOP lawmakers, states back gunmaker in Sandy Hook appeal MORE (R-Fla.) took a shot at CNN anchor Don Lemon during a Tuesday night interview with another of the cable network's hosts, Chris Cuomo.

In the exchange, Gaetz thanked Cuomo for saying that the lawmaker wasn't threatening former Trump attorney Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenAggrieved Trump rips Dems for 'sad' impeachment effort Michael Cohen interviewed by NY prosecutors in hush money probe: report Falwell Jr. defends university's tweet pushing votes for Trump in reportedly rigged poll MORE when Gaetz sent a tweet on the eve of Cohen's public testimony to Congress that suggested Cohen's family could hear unsavory things about him.


"When the other CNN personalities were calling for me to be arrested and imprisoned, you made the point that I wasn't threatening Michael Cohen, I was trying to cast him in a bad light," Gaetz said Tuesday on "Cuomo Prime Time."

He then jabbed Lemon, who last month called the tweet "witness intimidation." 

"I appreciate you for drawing out that distinction as Don Lemon was breathing in and out of a paper bag, or whatever he was doing," Gaetz said. 

"D. Lemon can defend himself, he has his own feelings," Cuomo responded.

Mediaite was first to note the exchange between Cuomo and Gaetz. 

Gaetz deleted the tweet about Cohen and later apologized for it, saying he should not have involved Cohen's family.

The tweet was widely panned, with some calling it witness tampering. 

Cohen testified last month before the House Oversight and Reform Committee about his tenure as President TrumpDonald John TrumpSupreme Court comes to Trump's aid on immigration Trump is failing on trade policy Trump holds call with Netanyahu to discuss possible US-Israel defense treaty MORE's personal attorney and his work on Trump's campaign. He previously pleaded guilty to lying to Congress and has been sentenced to three years in prison.