Florida Rep Matt Gaetz is on fire and he’s not afraid to take his fight to the liberal studios at CNN.
Gaetz battled host Chris Cuomo over the scandal surrounding an explosive FISA memo and missing texts between top FBI officials that indicate a very real conspiratorial plot was underway to undermine Donald Trump before and after the 2016 election.
Gaetz has been a leader in the organic groundswell that’s demanding that the memo, spearheaded by House Intel Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, be released to the public.
While top Democrats have been busy trying to downplay the significance of the memo and have argued it’s nothing more than Republican ploy to protect Trump against the flailing Mueller probe, CNN’s Cuomo took a different approach to discredit growing speculation.
“I want the memo released,” Cuomo claimed. “I want to know more because politicians have politics in their mind, and I do not trust any of you as ultimate arbiters of fact,” Cuomo said.
“I don’t trust CNN anchors,” Gaetz said. “But that doesn’t mean we can’t have a debate about the context.”
It was interesting take by Cuomo given that every Republican who has seen the memo has voted to release it to the public, while every Democrat voted against it – a fact that was pointed out to Cuomo by Gaetz minutes before his comment.
Gaetz also had already blasted the “conspicuous timing” of missing texts between top FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.
“You don’t find it a bit interesting, that the black hole starts right when Obama launches the counter intelligence investigation in August, and it magically ends the day Mueller is appointed?” Gaetz challenged.
Cuomo ignored Gaetz’s question and began to blame Republicans and President Trump for not releasing the memo.
“I don’t know why this is taking so long,” Cuomo said. “The President has power, to classify and de-classify,” Cuomo said.
Gaetz fought back against Cuomo’s argument that Republicans should just go out on the House floor and start reading the memo if they feel like it. “You don’t have to read everything, you can read some things,” Cuomo said.
“We don’t want to simply release a conclusory memo,” Gaetz explained. “These are facts, but there’s intelligence information that buttresses those facts.
“We are [also] requesting the release of the supporting documenting evidence that illuminates the claims and facts in the memo,” Gaetz said.
Without having a countering argument Cuomo’s debate only went off the rails from there. The two vehemently argued over the relevancy of a supposed anti-Trump “secret society” that was mentioned in uncovered messages between Page and Schiff. But the most insane argument could have been when Cuomo doggedly critiqued a comparison Gaetz had recently made about the suspect timing of “lost” text messages between Strzok and Page.
Gaetz believes the timing of the missing messages and the FISA memo are intricately connected and called the excuse that a technical glitch was responsible for the disappearance of the texts the “biggest coincidence since Immaculate Conception.”
Cuomo had a big problem with that — but, not with the suspicious timing of the missing texts, but of Gaetz’s on-the-fly interpretation of the Immaculate Conception.
“That’s what I don’t understand. What do you think happened with the Immaculate Conception?” Cuomo asked.
“Look, did you really bring me on to discuss my religious views?” Gaetz asked.
Unbelievably, Cuomo went on to give Gaetz a religious lecture about Jesus.
“It was Mary’s conception. It was the mother’s conception without original sin. It was not the conception of Jesus. Facts matter, congressman,” Cuomo said.
Guess what Cuomo, blatant media bias matters too.
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