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) GaetzMatt Gaetz hints prosecutor won't press charges against threatening caller for political reasons Hillicon Valley: Twitter says Trump 'go back' tweet didn't violate rules | Unions back protests targeting Amazon 'Prime Day' | Mnuchin voices 'serious concerns' about Facebook crypto project | Congress mobilizes on cyber threats to electric grid House and Senate head for showdown on must-pass defense bill 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 CohenJudge finds Stone violated gag order, blocks him from using social media Feds unlikely to charge Trump Organization execs in campaign finance case: report Live coverage: House Oversight examines Trump family separation policy 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 TrumpSanford calls for 'overdue conversation' on debt as he mulls Trump challenge Sally Yates: Moral fiber of US being 'shredded by unapologetic racism' Top Democrats demand security assessment of Trump properties 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.