Kamala Harris Was Interrupted During a Hearing About Trump and Russia, Again

Geneva Matthews
June 17, 2017

Sen. Kamala Harris at the James Comey hearing. But even more unsafe to the Republican project of despot-protection, she is perhaps the most talented cross-examiner on the panel. Those who know her also know she doesn't back down. This is becoming a disturbing trend by wanna-be political stars to make their mark on the Washington scene.

IF THERE WAS ANYTHING to be learned from the appearance of Attorney General Jeff Sessions before the Senate Intelligence Committee, it is that the Trump administration is led by people whose allegiance to the president far exceeds their love of country.

"Look, my opinion on that, I think she was hysterical".

To those who have observed hearings on Capitol Hill, especially high-visibility televised hearings involving partisan subjects, there has been little or nothing unusual about Harris's behavior.

Harris: Are you willing or are you not willing to give him the authority to be fully independent of your ability, statutorily or legally, to fire him?

The result, one side rushing, the other stalling, is never pretty.

Harris' take-no-prisoners performance rated her POTUS 2020 mentions, even eclipsing Elizabeth Warren as the Superwoman to Watch. Shamefully, but predictably, the attorney general's stall tactic worked.

Harris and former Alabama Senator Sessions have something in common: Harris was also an Attorney General, serving in California from 2011 to 2017 before being sworn into the Senate. Before Sessions could answer the question, his time with the California Senator ended. Sessions maintained he was "not able to comment" or "not able to discuss" certain things, and Democrats seized on it.

And certainly these Senate committee hearings have stressed to me how important it is that we continue to make our voices heard.

SESSIONS:You let me - if I don't qualify it, you will accuse me of lying.

"Do you think they would ever use the word hysterical against a male senator?" asked Joy Behar.

Harris: Sir, I'm just asking you about the DOJ policy you referred to.

At that moment, Sen. Her constant interruptions of the witness made it impossible to verbalize an answer.

"Chairman", McCain protested to Sen. Richard M. Burr, the chairman of the committee, and then again by Sen.

"You want that but you still have to let him qualify, you have to let them finish", Paula Faris responded.

Whether for incompetency or prevarication or stonewalling, Sessions must go. "Senator Harris, let him answer", the North Carolina Republican said. However, instead of "passionate", Harris is viewed as "combative" and "hysterical" - two terms used by political contributors and senators to describe Harris's method of questioning.

"The fact that women are outnumbered in every room puts them in a position where they're often coming up against gender-based stereotypes", said Deborah Gillis, president and chief executive officer of Catalyst, which works for women's advancement in business.

The scene Wednesday was almost identical to one that played out during a hearing last week, when Harris was questioning Rosenstein.

"Of course, Deplorable Twitter and CNN's paid Trumpbots have a word for precise, methodical questioning", said Bee, cutting to Jason Miller saying on CNN, "I think she was hysterical".

Would he sign a letter giving Special Counsel Robert Mueller full independence from the Justice Department during his own Russian Federation probe, she asked.

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