Former Trump Aide Calls Senator Kamala Harris "Hysterical" for Doing Her Job

Alicia Cross
June 17, 2017

And certainly these Senate committee hearings have stressed to me how important it is that we continue to make our voices heard. "OK, just wanted to clear that up". Kamala Harris (D-CA) was interrupted mid-question at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing.

In addition to being called hysterical, Harris has been interrupted several times by Republican congressmen during public hearings over the past week.

We did learn during the former FBI Director Comey's hearing that McCain likes to take it slow, rambling, and nonsensical, which must have been what bugged him about Harris's quick, focused, and intelligent questioning.

When asked about conversations Attorney General Sessions had with President Trump, he refused to answer based on the president's constitutional right to executive privilege. And I know Kamala Harris.

"I am amazed at the conversations, as if an Attorney General has never said that there were private conversations with the president, and we don't need to discuss those", said Oklahoma Senator (R) James Lankford.

Something tells me that Harris, who served two terms as San Francisco's first female district attorney and then was the first woman elected as California attorney general, has been through this before, maybe her entire career. 'I'm not able to be rushed this fast, ' he said at one point. John McCain cut her off. But, why though? The simple answer appears to be that Senator's Harris interactions with those testifying and her colleagues indeed makes them all uncomfortable. Powers asked Miller, referring to another senator who questioned Sessions.

Here's the entire awkward exchange.

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Last week, Senators Richard Burr and John McCain nearly shushed her when she asked questions to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. One of her questions, she tweeted, would be, "Did Sessions violate the terms of his recusal from the Russian Federation investigation by being involved in the firing of James Comey?"

However, evading the answer, Sessions continued to talk about principles of the policy. I'm hopeful that members will focus their questions today on the Russian Federation investigation and not squander the opportunity by taking political or partisan shots.

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

Harris asked him straight up: What is that policy and did you actually look at it? "Wyden was trying to get to the bottom of answers either", Miller said. Again and again, he invoked a nonexistent privilege in refusing to answer questions.

Harris: When you knew that you would be asked these questions and you would rely on this policy, did you not ask your staff to show you the policy that would be the basis for refusing to answer the majority of the questions that have been asked of you. Wyden (D-Oregon) also had a contentious moment with Sessions during his line of questioning.

Later on Tuesday night, Harris sent another Twitter missive: "The women of the United States Senate will not be silenced when seeking the truth", she wrote, before asking her supporters to donate.

BURR: "Senators will allow the chair to control the hearing".

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