Sen. Harris Told To Stop Interrupting And Let Sessions Speak At Hearing


At Tuesday's Senate Intelligence Committee hearing with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Cali.) was reprimanded by her colleagues for a combative line of questioning that often left the witness unable to answer without being interrupted by the freshman California Democrat.

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"As it relates to your knowledge did you have any communication with any Russian businessmen or any Russian nationals?" Harris asked Sessions.

"I don't think I had any conversation with Russian businessmen or Russian nationals. Although a lot of people were at the convention it's conceivable that somebody came up," Sessions attempted to answer.

"Sir, I have just a few more minutes," Harris said.

"Well, you let me qualify. If I don't qualify, you'll accuse me of lying. So I need to be correct as best I can," Sessions said.

"Well, I do want you to be honest," she said.

"I'm not able to be rushed this fast," the attorney general said. "It makes me nervous."

Harris and Sessions had an intense back and forth where he was left flustered because he was unable to speak without being talked over by the Senator. Eventually, Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) stepped in and broke up the kerfuffle.

"The witness should be allowed to answer the question," the Senator said after Harris stopped talking.

Committee chairman Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) also jumped in to remind the Senator he was in charge and to tell Sen. Harris to allow Sessions to speak.

"Senators will allow the chair to control the hearing," Burr said.

"Senator Harris, let him answer," Burr directed the freshman Democrat.

Sen. Harris committed a similar infraction last week when she continually interrupted DHS Sec. John Kelly at a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing.

Watch Harris' full exchange with Sessions:

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