CORRECTED: Cruz scolds reporter who brought up his daughters

CORRECTED: Cruz scolds reporter who brought up his daughters
© Greg Nash

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misidentified the reporter asking Cruz a question about his children.

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzLawmakers announce legislation to fund government purchases of oil Overnight Energy: Oil giants meet with Trump at White House | Interior extends tenure of controversial land management chief | Oil prices tick up on hopes of Russia-Saudi deal Oil giants meet at White House amid talk of buying strategic reserves MORE (R-Texas) accused White House reporter Andrew Feinberg of playing a "nasty Washington game" after the reporter brought up the senator's children while posing a question about Hunter Biden.

The interaction occurred on Monday during a break in the impeachment trial. President TrumpDonald John TrumpCDC updates website to remove dosage guidance on drug touted by Trump Trump says he'd like economy to reopen 'with a big bang' but acknowledges it may be limited Graham backs Trump, vows no money for WHO in next funding bill MORE's defense team during arguments that day argued that the Ukrainian energy company Burisma had hired Hunter Biden because his father was vice president. 

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Feinberg, who covers the White House for Breakfast Media and previously worked for Sputnik News, responded to a point Cruz made by stating that the Trump defense team had not pointed to any crimes committed by Biden as they attacked his reputation and image.

"But senator, none of the president's attorneys mentioned one single possible crime," Feinberg said. "Basically, what they said is [Hunter Biden] got a job, his dad was vice president. I mean, if that's a crime, shouldn't half of your children be in prison?" 

"My children are 9 and 11," Cruz replied to laughs from lawmakers and some reporters.

"I'm sorry you want to throw a 9-year-old in prison. At this point, my third-grader plays basketball and softball at her school, so stop playing the nasty Washington game," he added.

"That's not a nasty Washington game," Feinberg responded.

"Attacking a 9-year-old?" Cruz shot back as he moved on.