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She keeps it real! Rising star.

Senator Kamala Harris, Democrat of California, was cut off by Republican senators on Tuesday as she questioned Attorney General Jeff Sessions during the latest high-profile Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in its investigation into Russian election interference.

Ms. Harris, a former prosecutor, employs a rapid-fire questioning pace more commonly seen in courtrooms — a style that at times has her interrupting witnesses, which is frowned upon in the Senate, where decorum is still prized. But the moments were notable as the second time in a week that Ms. Harris, who is of Indian and Jamaican descent and is the only minority woman on the committee, was interrupted by two male colleagues during a hearing.

Last Wednesday, Ms. Harris was interrupted by Senator Richard M. Burr, Republican of North Carolina and the chairman of the committee, and Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, as she tried to question the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein. On Tuesday, the two again interjected as she questioned Mr. Sessions over his role as campaign surrogate for President Trump and contact with Russian officials.

“I’m not able to be rushed this fast,” a visibly flustered Mr. Sessions said to Ms. Harris at one point. “It makes me nervous.”

When Ms. Harris then pressed Mr. Sessions on a Justice Department policy he cited as his rationale for not answering questions, Mr. McCain spoke up.

“Chairman,” Mr. McCain said, “the witness should be allowed to answer the question.”

Mr. Burr responded: “Senators will allow the chair to control the hearing. Senator Harris, let him answer.”

Several observers saw a case of sexism, and some suggested possible racial undertones.

Supporters of Ms. Harris compared the episode to the exchange last week, when Mr. Burr and Mr. McCain admonished her for not affording Mr. Rosenstein the time to answer a question.

Ms. Harris was asking whether Mr. Rosenstein 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 officials, when Mr. Burr and Mr. McCain interjected.

“The chair is going to exercise the right to allow the witnesses to answer the question, and the committee is on notice to provide the witnesses the courtesy — which has not been extended all the way across — extend the courtesy for questions to get answered,” Mr. Burr said at the time.

Asked to comment on Tuesday’s exchanges, a spokesman for Ms. Harris pointed to her Twitter account: “It’s unacceptable that Sessions — the top law enforcement official in the country — cannot name his legal basis for evading questions,” she wrote.

Democratic senators and left-leaning supporters have pounced on the opportunity to argue against these high-drama exchanges, often turning them into Twitter gold.

Senator Elizabeth Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts, endured the spotlight in February when she was cut off by a Republican: “Silencing @SenKamalaHarris for not being ‘courteous’ enough is just unbelievable,” Ms. Warren tweeted last Wednesday. “Keep fighting, Kamala! #NeverthelessShePersisted”


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Re: Kamala Harris Is (Again) Interrupted While Pressing a Senate Witness
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2017, 10:35:38 am »
Y'wanna know what's more aggravating?  It's feigning ignorance.

"Ah don' recaw... Ah don' recaww... Ah don' recawww-w-w..." ::)

That unfiltered slow, southern drawl strongly suggests that this pig-skinned gremlin doesn't speak to anyone else but people in his own plantation.
D.L. Hughley once joked on the radio that he looks like Granny from the classic television show, 'The Beverly Hillbillies'.

Look... the amnesia tactic worked for oliver north way back in the mid-1980s because he was a military veteran following orders to the letter.
What's sessions excuse?
Most people would re-evaluate his geriatric fitness to even qualify for Attorney General of the United States in the first place.

On her time, Senator Kamala Harris shot him a long stare while questioning as if to firmly say,

"Don't let this lite-skin fool you... I'll jump in yo' ass w/two feet if you don't quit drawing out my time." ;D

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Re: Kamala Harris Is (Again) Interrupted While Pressing a Senate Witness
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2017, 08:30:21 am »
She is one of the few Democrats who presses these terrible people like they should.