Sen. Kamala Harris Again Interrupted by Male Colleagues

Kristopher Drake
June 17, 2017

She is California's first African-American senator and the first Indian-American senator in the country. "If there was a normal administration in power, she would probably not be as prominent", said John J. Pitney, a politics professor at Claremont McKenna College in California.

If you've been watching the Senate Intelligence Committee hearings on Russiagate, then you know Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) is killing it. Mark R. Warner of Virginia, a fellow Southerner but a Yankee by birth, Sessions' patient Alabama drawl slowed Warner's rapid-fire questions. "The policy is based-" Sessions began. Harris then asked Sessions about how he communicated with Donald Trump both during the campaign and following election night and pressed him on a Department of Justice policy that he referenced as the reason why he couldn't directly comment on his conversations with Trump regarding Russian Federation.

Sunny Hostin then proceeded to deliver a frothing sermon on the "stately" Senator Harris and impugn the character of Sessions by suggesting he was lying under oath.

Harris: questions and you would rely on that policy.

Harris was pressing Sessions to explain why he wouldn't answer certain questions.

At one point, Sessions said he "wasn't able to be rushed this fast".

"Sir, I'm not asking about the principle".

"Senators will allow the chair to control the hearing", Burr said.


As you'd expect from a former federal prosecutor, Harris drilled down.

"Chairman", McCain said, "the witness should be allowed to answer the question". She was dogged, there's no question, but I wouldn't say she was any more dogged than [Sen.] Ron Wyden was, would you? In Round One, when her turn came to speak, and with only six minutes of time allotted, Harris aggressively pursued Rosenstein, asking him if he would give unlimited authority to Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel appointed in May to investigate possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives.

Harris spokesman Tyrone Gayle told the Associated Press that the senator "has run countless investigations, and will follow the facts wherever they may lead to get the truth for the American people". I don't really under that. Sessions, for his part, attempted to ignore her rudeness and not make it an issue, although her demeanor made it obvious what she wished to achieve.

"How was Senator Harris hysterical?".

"Nonsense", Bila responded. "They interrupt men all the time and I think it's hysteria to always label. there's real racism, there's real sexism, there's all of these isms, there are all these examples of that, but when we rush to say this is sexist immediately or this is racist I think we demean those actual instances where it happens". And what I think is so offensive is that she is the most even-keeled, stately person that you will meet.

Unsurprisingly, this still garnered a non-answer, although her question was relatively straightforward and she's still very clear about it.

"I think she asked a lot of questions, actually".

CNN contributor and Trump supporter Jeffrey Lord added to the fiery exchange between Powers and Miller, saying, "Hysteria is a neutral quality".

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