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Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) is not sold on Democrats boosting far-right candidates in Republican primaries for the purpose of a perceived advantage.

Klobuchar joined AC360 Friday evening to discuss the Inflation Reduction Act, but was asked about “meddling” by her party in Republican races by guest host Jim Sciutto.

Sciutto invoked the race of Rep. Peter Meijer (R-MI), who lost his primary race this past week, thanks in large part to money spent by Democrats.

The host said Meijer’s opponent, Donald Trump-backed election denier John Gibbs, was “propped up” by money from Democrats.

“Is it acceptable for Democrats to be boosting election deniers among Republican candidates in primaries?” he asked her.

Klobuchar responded:

Well, I wouldn’t be doing it in my race. I’ve never done things like that. But, I think you’ve seen this kind of behavior on both sides of the aisle. We’ve seen Republicans messing around as well.

What I would like to see through all of this, I don’t care if you’re a Democrat or a Republican, and I think that’s why you’re seeing Democrats doing it, too – because Republicans have been doing it – I’d like to see better campaign finance laws.

Democrats have spent big money during primaries this year to boost fringe candidates against moderate opponents, or GOP incumbents viewed as more mainstream.

No race more perfectly captures the efforts of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to offer Democrats an advantage in November than the primary of Meijer.

Meijer, a first-term Republican who voted to impeach Trump in 2021, lost to Gibbs in a close race.

Democrats poured $425,000 into the race to boost Gibbs against Meijer.

Axios reported:

Trump endorsed Gibbs’ challenge after Meijer voted to impeach the former president over his role in fomenting the Jan. 6 Capitol siege. Meijer, a freshman, had been in Congress just days when he took that potentially career-ending vote.

Now Democrats, who see Gibbs as the more beatable general election opponent, are fueling the Trump-backed effort to oust one of his few remaining GOP critics in next week’s primary.

Meijer criticized Democrats after he conceded the race to Gibbs, WOOD-TV reported:

Shortly before midnight, before conceding, Meijer criticized the DCCC political committee for funding late advertisements for Gibbs — a move apparently made in an effort to promote a candidate Democrats felt they had a better chance of beating in November.

“I know a lot of even my Democratic colleagues in Washington have been outraged at just the cynicism and hypocrisy that that represented,” Meijer said.

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Jan. 6 committee to depose Pennsylvania GOP gubernatorial nominee Doug Mastriano

Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano gives a victory speech at his election-night party at The Orchards on May 17, 2022 in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.Michael M. Santiago | Getty Images

Doug Mastriano, the Republican nominee for governor in Pennsylvania, plans to appear Tuesday for a deposition by the select House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot — but doesn't expect to talk for long, his lawyer told CNBC.

Timothy Parlatore, who's representing Mastriano, said the politician anticipates leaving "in less than 10 minutes" due to an unresolved issue over the terms of his deposition.

Mastriano is not willing to testify unless the panel agrees not to edit video clips of his appearance and release a potentially misleading video afterward, Parlatore said.

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Mastriano's concern is that such a video could affect his chances in Pennsylvania's upcoming gubernatorial election, where he faces state Attorney General Josh Shapiro, the Democratic nominee, the lawyer said.

"He's got nothing to hide,"

A spokesman for the committee declined CNBC's request for comment.

The panel wants to question Mastriano about his efforts to help former President Donald Trump reverse the Republican's loss in the 2020 campaign to President Joe Biden.

In a letter in February to Mastriano, the committee's chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., wrote, "We understand that you have knowledge of and participated in a plan to arrange for an alternate slate of electors to be presented to the President of the Senate on January 6, 2021, and we understand that you spoke with former President Trump about your post-election activities."

Parlatore said that his issues with the deposition are "individualized" to Mastriano because of his status as a political candidate in a pending election.

Parlatore believes that neither Mastriano nor any other witness can be compelled to testify in a private session over a technicality. He said the committee lacks a ranking member appointed by the Republican minority in the House.

And while Mastriano is willing to testify behind closed doors, he will not do so unless his conditions are met, Parlatore said. The lawyer said if Mastriano was issued a subpoena to testify at a public hearing, he would be unable to force the panel to comply with conditions before appearing.

House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy pulled all of his picks from the committee after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., rejected two of them. Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., the committee's top-ranking Republican member, serves as its vice chair, not the ranking member.

Parlatore said that if his expectations for the deposition come to pass on Tuesday, "we'll be out shortly and then I am going to start drafting a lawsuit."

Multiple federal judges have reportedly determined that Cheney is effectively the select committee's ranking member, despite being appointed to the rank of vice chair by the Democrat-led panel.


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