Kamala Harris continues to push Sessions on what policy he’s citing for not answering Qs. John McCain complains she’s not letting him speak. pic.twitter.com/PnpvbGMPBG
— David Mack (@davidmackau) June 13, 2017
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) was once again cut off by her male colleagues as she questioned Attorney General Jeff Sessions during the Intelligence Committee hearing.
Harris was asking about Sessions about the investigation into Russian interference with 2016 election results when Sen. Richard M. Burr, (R-N.C.) and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told her to stop peppering Sessions. They wanted Harris, who is of Indian and Jamaican heritage, to allow the attorney general to answer a question about a policy he cited for why he couldn’t respond what she asked him.
“So, did you not consult [that policy] before you came before this committee knowing we would ask you questions about that?” Harris asks Tuesday, June 13.
“Well, we talked about it. The policy is based …” Sessions responds.
“Did you ask that it would be shown to you?” Harris asks.
“The policy is based on the principle that the president …” Sessions begins.
“Sir, I’m not asking about the principle,” Harris says. “I am asking, when you knew you would be asked these questions and you would rely on that policy, did you not ask your staff to show you the policy that would be the basis for you refusing to answer the majority of questions that have been asked of you?”
McCain stepped in to tell Burr, who is the chairman of the committee, that Sessions “should be allowed to answer the question.”
“Senators will allow the chair to control the hearing,” Burr says, leading the former Alabama senator to grin and chuckle. “Senator Harris, let him answer.”
The probe continued with Sessions completing his responses but not answering Harris’ questions head-on.
It was a simple question. Can Sessions point to the policy, in writing, that allows him to not answer a whole host of our questions today.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) June 13, 2017
It's unacceptable that Sessions – the top law enforcement official in the country – cannot name his legal basis for evading questions.
— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) June 13, 2017
Many Twitter users weighed in on what was the second time Burr and McCain interrupted Harris, the first time came during a hearing on Wednesday, June 7, when she questioned Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Several people supported Harris.
— Eric Benét (@ebenet) June 13, 2017
Kamala Harris being interrupted & told told to let the nervous white man speak because she is too forceful is all Black women since forever.
— AGirlHasNoPresident (@kamtheleo) June 13, 2017
Kamala Harris makes Jeff Sessions & other Republican racists nervous for the same reasons Barack & Michelle Obama did.
— Kenny BooYah! (@KwikWarren) June 14, 2017
Here is a complete list of Senators who have been interrupted by Senators during the #SenateIntelHearing:
1. Kamala Harris (twice)
— Danny Deraney (@DannyDeraney) June 13, 2017
It's not a partisan statement to say that it is absurd and insulting that @KamalaHarris keeps getting interrupted.
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) June 13, 2017
Others slammed her.
Oh cut it out. If women want to be treated equally, they'll be interrupted…just like men are. All the time.
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 14, 2017
Still, Black women cheered her on.
4. We women, Black women, WOC of recognize White male privilege when we see it! @KamalaHarris is our beacon of a new dawn! Respect her!
— Barbara Arnwine, Esq. (@barbs73) June 14, 2017
— Kathryn Finney (@KathrynFinney) June 14, 2017