Kamala D. Harris's 25-year career in law enforcement, she has established herself as a formidable presence in the courtroom, on the campaign trail and ultimately in government.
While asking Sessions about his refusal to answer questions Tuesday concerning conversations he may have had with President Donald Trump, Harris, a California Democrat, was interrupted by Sen. After President Trump nominated Sessions, Warren wanted to read a letter written by Coretta Scott King that condemned the former Alabama Senator for racial bias. Harris was in the midst of pressing Sessions to name that policy, explain it, and say whether he's reviewed it since when Sen.
Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Richard Burr (R-NC) cut off Sen.
The hearing on Tuesday was Round Two for Harris.
When Harris then pressed Sessions on a Justice Department policy he cited as his rationale for not answering questions, McCain spoke up. From the start of Harris's testimony, she seemed intent on keeping Sessions on topic and cutting him off any time his answer floated into ambiguous, irrelevant territory.
A CNN video of the hearing shows Harris pushing Sessions for a yes-or-no answer as to whether he'd based his decision to invoke executive privilege on any concrete, written policy or rule, until McCain broke in and addressed Burr, saying, "Chairman, the witness should be allowed to answer the question".
As you'd expect from a former federal prosecutor, Harris drilled down.
McCain: Mr. Chairman, they should be allowed to answer the question.
Even though Sessions managed to avoid giving her a direct response, Harris once against proved how deft she is when it comes to questioning a witness-and earned herself plenty of support across social media. I don't really understand that.
"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".
"I think she was hysterical", Miller repeated, before attempting to move on to discuss Harris's male colleagues.
"I think so", Sessions replied.
Kamala Harris is the only Senator who's been interrupted by another senator so far, by my count. And if we do ever get an answer to any of those questions, it will be thanks in part to Harris' doggedness.
The CNN commentator and Trump supporter then chimed in: "Hysteria is a neutral quality", he said. Bee said. "The guy whose master [Trump] starts every morning rage-tweeting conspiracy slander while working a well-done steak out of his colon does not get to call anyone hysterical".