Senators try to quiet Kamala Harris, but she doesn't back down

Alvin Kelly
June 10, 2017

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) exercised his privilege as chair to suspend a committee member from speaking in this morning's Senate Intel hearing.

On Wednesday, Harris was interrupted multiple times by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as she was insistent on him answering her questions about the ongoing investigation of the possible ties between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

"You can keep trying to trip me up-" Rogers protested, as she interrupted.

Rosenstein looked annoyed during her entire question, and started to respond, "He has the full independence as authorized by those regulations", before Harris stopped him again.

"Senator, I'm very sensitive about time, and I would like to have a very lengthy conversation on this and explain this all to you", Rosenstein said.

Cue sexism claims from the Left.

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Harris' urgency was not unwarranted - as in many similar hearings, Harris was only allocated five minutes to ask as many questions as she could.

Fired FBI Director James Comey enjoyed a break from intense testimony Thursday at his Senate Intelligence Hearing when he joked with Sen. Burr interrupted, before beginning his lecture about "courtesy".

"Could you give me a yes or no answer, please?" "Lordy, I hope there are tapes". Harris asked in a series of rapid-fire questions that Comey mostly declined to answer.

Democratic supporters like Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren rushed to Harris' defense, with some suggesting that Harris's role as the sole woman of color on the Senate intelligence committee (and one of just four women of color in the Senate) had played a role in her silencing.

Jim Demers, a veteran Democratic Party consultant in New Hampshire, said that "she has a reputation for being very articulate, an up-and-coming star, a female, and I think the voters are really going to be serious about dramatic change after four years of Trump". Elizabeth Warren of MA, who was famously halted from speaking earlier this year on the Senate floor, tweeted her support for her fellow Democrat.

This occurred, as observers pointed out, after senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Angus King (I-ME) engaged in questioning that was contentious (in King's own words) and not particularly an extension of courtesy.

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