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CNN Disputes Matt Gaetz’s Claim the Network Snubbed Him on Gun Talks

CNN Disputes Matt Gaetz’s Claim the Network Snubbed Him on Gun TalksREUTERSRep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) suggested this week that CNN deliberately tried to silence him in the wake of several mass shootings over the weekend. But the network says Gaetz is deliberately misrepresenting the facts.The Florida Republican made the suggestion Tuesday in response to CNN noting the number of Republicans who were unwilling to appear on the network to discuss gun laws following the shootings. Gaetz, a TV-friendly regular on Fox News and other cable-news programs, responded that he was booked on Erin Burnett on Monday, but the show cancelled on him. Then, he claimed, he was also bumped by Anderson Cooper after getting booked on his primetime CNN program. “I’m ready for the discussion whenever CNN is,” he claimed.But in a statement to The Daily Beast, a CNN spokesperson pushed back on Gaetz’s claims, saying the congressman’s timeline is all out of whack. According to the spokesperson, several shows on the network had in fact declined to book Gaetz last week—before the shootings ever took place. “Wrong Congressman! Your staff pitched you a week ago for an in-studio interview based on your travel to NY. Both shows declined last week, well before the tragic events over the weekend. Those are the facts,” the spokesperson said.The absence of Republicans lawmakers appearing on non-Fox News networks in the wake of the shootings in El Paso and Dayton has been a subject of some criticism from Democrats and journalists, who believe the politicians should answer questions about the party’s continued opposition to major gun-control measures. Republican Politicians on Fox News Blame Video Games for Latest Mass ShootingsSeveral prominent news hosts like Tapper and Rachel Maddow pointed out that few Republican elected officials had been willing to appear CNN, MSNBC, and other mainstream television outlets in the wake of the shootings that left a combined 31 people dead.Some Republicans, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, did sit down for major TV interviews, but with only Fox News. In his Sunday conversation with Fox, the Republican leader blamed violent video games for the mass shootings. Meanwhile, Republican leaders have continued to ignore calls for a serious discussion about possible new gun laws—instead focusing on video games and mental illness.“We’ve always had guns. We’ve always had evil,” Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said during a weekend interview with Fox News. “But what’s changed where we see this rash of shooting? And I see a video game industry that teaches young people to kill.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Matt Gaetz Rejects Mueller’s Claim That Steele Dossier Was Beyond Investigation’s Scope

Matt Gaetz Rejects Mueller’s Claim That Steele Dossier Was Beyond Investigation’s ScopeFlorida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz did not accept former special counsel Robert Mueller’s evasion of a question regarding the Steele dossier during Wednesday’s House Judiciary Committee.“Director Mueller, can you state with confidence that the Steele dossier was not part of Russia’s disinformation campaign?” Gaetz asked.“No … that part of the building of the case predated me by at least 10 months,” Mueller responded.“Yeah, and Paul Manafort’s alleged crimes regarding tax evasion predated you. You had no trouble charging them. As a matter of fact, the Steele dossier predated [Attorney General William Barr], and he didn’t have any problem answering the question when Sen. Cornyn asked the attorney general the exact question I asked you, director,” Gaetz responded.The Florida representative continued:> You identify no factual basis regarding the dossier or the possibility that [the dossier] was part of the Russia disinformation campaign. Christopher Steele’s reporting is referenced in your report. Steele reported to the FBI that senior Russian foreign ministry figures … told him that there was … ‘extensive evidence of conspiracy between the Trump campaign team and The Kremlin.’ Here’s my question: Did Russians really tell that to Christopher Steele? Or did he just make it all up and was he lying to the FBI?“As I said earlier, with regard to the Steele [dossier], that is beyond my purview,” Mueller responded.



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Kentucky host Matt Jones yanked amid speculation he'll challenge Mitch McConnell

Kentucky host Matt Jones yanked amid speculation he'll challenge Mitch McConnellSports radio host Matt Jones is being pulled from his "Hey Kentucky!" anchor job until he makes a decision on running for U.S. Senate in 2020.



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Rep. Matt Gaetz says he personally apologized to Michael Cohen after tweeting apparent threat

Rep. Matt Gaetz says he personally apologized to Michael Cohen after tweeting apparent threatRep. Matt Gaetz says he personally apologized to President Donald Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen after tweeting an apparent threat.



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5 Times Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker Critiqued The Mueller Investigation On CNN

5 Times Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker Critiqued The Mueller Investigation On CNNBefore Matt Whitaker was tapped to replace his boss, former Attorney General



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Matt Whitaker Repeatedly Revised Financial Disclosure Forms Following AG Appointment

Matt Whitaker Repeatedly Revised Financial Disclosure Forms Following AG AppointmentWASHINGTON ― Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has revised his ethics



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Trump Hammered On Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker By Conservative Group

Trump Hammered On Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker By Conservative GroupAs Chris Wallace's interview with Donald Trump airs Sunday on Fox News, the



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Subject of Mueller probe boasts of ties to acting AG Matt Whitaker

Subject of Mueller probe boasts of ties to acting AG Matt WhitakerAn obscure conservative podcast recorded by a former Trump administration official last Sunday provided a unique window into acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker and the reasons some have found his appointment alarming.



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Justice Department OLC Opinion Claims Matt Whitaker’s Attorney General Appointment Is Legit

Justice Department OLC Opinion Claims Matt Whitaker’s Attorney General Appointment Is LegitWASHINGTON ― Before President Donald Trump forced former Attorney General Jeff



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Top Judiciary Democrat Jerry Nadler Questions Legality Of Matt Whitaker Appointment

Top Judiciary Democrat Jerry Nadler Questions Legality Of Matt Whitaker AppointmentRep. Jerry Nadler (N.Y.), the Democrat who is set to lead the House Judiciary



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