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CNN's Jake Tapper calls out Republicans who turned down interviews after shootings

"State of the Union" host Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperOfficials brace for second Trump impeachment trial Sunday shows - Capital locked down ahead of Biden's inauguration Durbin says he won't whip votes for Trump's second impeachment trial MORE on Sunday called out a group of Republican lawmakers he said declined to appear on the CNN show to discuss two deadly mass shootings in Texas and Ohio. 

"We should note that we invited the Republican governor, lieutenant governor and both Republican U.S. senators representing Texas to join us this morning. They all declined," Tapper said before speaking with his guests on Sunday.

"The Republican governor of Ohio also declined. We also asked the White House to provide someone to discuss these shootings. That request too was declined," he added.

Tapper said in a tweet that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyFormer lawmakers call on leadership to focus on unity Cheney spokesperson on Gaetz: 'In Wyoming, the men don't wear make-up' Biden attends first church service as president in DC, stops at local bagel shop MORE (R-Calif.) also declined an invitation and that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHumanist Report host criticizes 'conservative Democrats:' They 'hold more power' than progressives Dobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' Biden's Cabinet gradually confirmed by Senate MORE (R-Ky.) did not respond.

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Acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyFinancial firms brace for Biden's consumer agency chief Trump campaign had paid .7M to organizers of rally ahead of Capitol riot: report Consumer bureau director resigns after Biden's inauguration MORE did make appearances on other Sunday morning shows on different networks.

A spokesperson for Sen. John CornynJohn CornynSenate GOP signals it's likely to acquit Trump for second time Bush-, Obama-era officials urge Senate to swiftly confirm Biden's DHS pick Senate committee advances Biden's DHS pick despite Republican pushback MORE (R-Texas) told The Hill that the senator was traveling on a plane to El Paso this morning and was unable to do interviews.

A spokesperson for Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate committee advances Biden's DHS pick despite Republican pushback Google suspends donations to lawmakers who voted against certifying election The Hill's Morning Report - Biden argues for legislative patience, urgent action amid crisis MORE (R-Texas) did not immediately return The Hill's request for comment. 

Tapper spoke with various Democrats, including 2020 presidential candidates Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeBeto O'Rourke: Ted Cruz 'guilty of sedition' in Capitol insurrection Boebert appears to carry gun on Capitol Hill in new ad 7 surprise moments from a tumultuous year in politics MORE and Julián Castro, both from Texas, and Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownFinancial firms brace for Biden's consumer agency chief Portman planned exit sets off Ohio free-for-all Portman won't run for reelection MORE (D-Ohio). 

The Democrats agree more needs to be done to pass gun legislation reform. 

Democrats, to varying degrees, also said President TrumpDonald TrumpBlinken holds first calls as Biden's secretary of State Senators discussing Trump censure resolution Dobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' MORE's rhetoric is stoking and empowering white supremacists. 

This report was updated at 11:44 a.m.