Jason Miller Gets Into Tense Exchange Over Calling Kamala Harris 'Hysterical'

That fact is why the treatment of Senator Harris during the testimonies of both Former Director James Comey, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions is so remarkable. But, why though? The simple answer appears to be that Senator's Harris interactions with those testifying and her colleagues indeed makes them all uncomfortable.

Sen. John McCain was the first to interrupt Harris as she pressed Sessions about his refusal to answer questions regarding conversations he may have had with President Donald Trump. "Senator Harris, let him answer".

This week, it was deja vu all over again, as Harris questioned Sessions about his role as a campaign stand-in for Trump and contacts he had had with the Russians.

By the time the dust settled, Sessions had told Harris that her style of questioning made him "nervous".

Actor George Takei and others on Twitter came to Harris' defense after the incident.

Harris, who has burst into the national political arena during the federal probe into Russia's meddling in last year's presidential election, seems to be taking the criticism of her questioning approach in stride.

Miller repeated that he felt Harris was trying to "shout down" Sessions, which drew a further retort from Powers. "Wyden was trying to get to the bottom of answers either", Miller said. Burr said Harris' time had expired. Because the last thing Republican senators will tolerate is a black woman sassing a white man. "Chairman, the witness should be allowed to answer the question", said Sen. "Ron Wyden was, would you say that?"

BRZEZINSKI: This is a secondary story given the seriousness of the nature of the questions being asked, but it's an important story.

BURR: "Senators will allow the chair to control the hearing". But the questioner has the right to insist that that privilege be asserted entirely so that we know what's going on and so that if the privilege claim is not actually a viable one, it can be tested and litigated the way that, you know, historically we've done that.

The pitch for cash stemmed from Tuesday's Senate Intelligence Committee grilling of Sessions.

HARRIS: "Sir, I'm not asking about the principle".

Harris: Is that policy in writing somewhere?

- Here is a partial transcript of Harris' exchange with Sessions. "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?"

Miller tried to explain why he used the term "hysteria", but Powers wasn't having it, and said the term often has a "gendered" quality. What's worse, Harris wasn't even displaying anger; she was just doing her job and doing it well.

"Look, my opinion on that, I think she was hysterical".

  • Salvatore Jensen