During Wednesday’s Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, North Carolina Republican Sen. Richard Burr, the committee chairman, found it necessary to scold Kamala Harris, the rude and overly ambitious Junior Democrat Senator from California. The object of Harris’ disrespect was Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Harris, looking for a nationally televised moment to help spur her nascent campaign to become the Democrats’ 2020 presidential nominee, continually badgered Rosentein. Harris interrupted Rosentein time and time again as he politely to answer her question about the authority of former FBI Director Robert Mueller in his role as special counsel investigating Russia’s attempts to disrupt the 2016 presidential election.
Finally, as you can see in the following video Burr took her to task:
Transcript via The Washington Free Beacon:
Will the senator suspend. The chair is going to exercise it’s 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.
As you can see, even then Harris criticized Rosenstein for “joking” about his ability to “filibuster” the committee before Rothstein was able to answer without Harris interrupting.
In another video prior to Burr’s intervention, you can hear Sen. John McCain complain that the witness should be allowed to answer.
Harris also interrogated Department of Homeland Security Secretary Gen. John Kelly with the same lack of decorum during a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing on Tuesday. You can watch that Harris badgering in the video below:
Partial Transcript via Real Clear Politics:
HARRIS: So are you aware that there are local law enforcement…
KELLY: Let me at least finish once before you interrupt me?
HARRIS: Sir, with all due respect…
KELLY: With all due respect, Senator.
HARRIS: Are you instructing local law enforcement leaders that they can overlook at DHS detainer request so they’re not exposed to criminal liability?
KELLY: We talk to them about whatever they’re comfortable with, whatever they think they can do within the interpretation of their local attorneys general, as an example, or local lawyers…
HARRIS: So when they’re…
KELLY: Would you let me finish once?
HARRIS: Excuse me? I’m asking the questions.
KELLY: But I’m trying to answer the questions.
HARRIS: When they are — when they tell you, as I know local police officers — police chiefs are being told, that it would expose their municipality to civil liability if they comply with the detainer requests, are you telling them that you will not withhold the DHS federal funding that they rely on?
KELLY: OK. Before I start to answer, will you let me finish?
HARRIS: If it’s responsive to the question, of course.
Harris was more concerned about what she wanted to say than any information Kelly had to offer.
After a mere five months in the Senate, Harris seems to be in an even bigger hurry then Sen. Barack Obama was to run for president.