Sebastian Gorka, a deputy assistant to President Donald Trump, said in an interview on CNN's "The Lead" with Jake Tapper that the White House was considering a number of actions in the spirit of "cooperation".
When Cooper fired back that he was "just going to ignore the insults", Gorka reminded him that "it's not about you".
Fox News host Sean Hannity praised Gorka for taking on the "destroy-Trump media" during his show, asking the aide, "Why did you decide to do it?" A Politico report on Tuesday said White House aides felt "helpless" as the scandal took on a life of its own.
As Gorka continued to push better relations with Russia, Tapper asked, "You don't think it's weak at all to let Russia go after having interfered in the 2016 election with no punishment at all?"More news: IIFA Rocks 2017 to celebrate music
Cooper tried to move on, pointing out that all of President Trump's claims about "fake news" misreporting the Russian Federation allegations have been disproved by "his son's own email chain". Somebody has to be the president's pit bull and I'm ready. Conclusion? Collusion, no. Illusion and delusion, yes.
Gorka has become a frequent critic of CNN, calling them "fake news" and accusing the network of media bias against President Donald Trump in a quest for ratings. He only published these emails because The New York Times got the emails and was gonna publish them and he smartly got ahead of it. "Nine months of accusations with zero, zero evidence of anything illegal". "You're concerned about how many minutes - Do you have somewhere else to go?"
But Cooper accused his guest of "shaking shiny objects to try to divert people, but I don't think viewers are really that easily diverted".
Following the interview, Cooper mocked Gorka's look as "the Hungarian Don Rickles".
"I think it's amusing you have enough time at the White House to sit around looking at Nielsen numbers", Cooper replied, mildly. On Wednesday night, advisors Kellyanne Conway and Sebastian Gorka did all three in a dizzying, plate-juggling display of bullshit that helpfully demonstrates why interviewing them isn't useful or helpful, except to the White House.