Kamala Harris has the mic now, so everybody needs to sit down – The Grio
If you’ve been watching the Senate Intelligence Committee hearings on Russiagate, then you know Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) is killing it. The junior senator from California is shining in the spotlight, as she puts officials’ feet to the fire, grills them and serves them up. No one is getting away with anything with Harris, who served as the California attorney general before coming to Capitol Hill.
Harris is the only black woman on the committee, or in the Senate for that matter. She is also the only prosecutor, and it shows. Her tenacity and probing line of questioning makes her stand out among her colleagues. This, at a time when shady people in high places apparently stole the 2016 election, and sold out the country to Vladimir Putin, and someone must hold them accountable.
The Tuesday committee hearing with Jeff Sessions is a case in point, in which Sen. Harris challenged U.S. Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III on his evasiveness regarding his ties to Russia and meetings with Russian officials when he was an adviser for the Trump campaign.
The senator wanted to see the receipts, but Sessions didn’t have them. The attorney general learned the hard way that when Kamala Harris comes for you, you’d better be prepared, and free of guilt. Sessions was neither.
Jeff Sessions is not the intellectual firepower of the Trump administration. To be frank, there is no brain trust in this White House. Sessions fumbled and bumbled his way through his testimony and could barely read his prepared statement of fiction. When he wasn’t lying he said he could not recall. Otherwise, Sessions relied on a nonexistent “long standing policy” as he called it, which we might as well call the “Stonewall” privilege–enjoyed by white men who believe their standing in the world allows them to avoid answering government questions under oath.
Harris: And you referred to a long standing DOJ policy, can you tell us what policy it is you’re talking about?
Sessions: Well, I think most cabinet people as the witnesses you had before you earlier, those individuals declined to comment because we’re all — about conversations with the President — because that’s a long standing policy —
Harris: Sir, I’m just asking you about the DOJ policy you referred to.
Sessions: — that goes beyond just the Attorney General.
Harris: Is that policy in writing somewhere?
Sessions: I think so.
And Sessions was nervous. We know this because he told Sen. Harris she made him nervous:
Harris: I do want you to be honest.
Sessions: — I’m not able to be rushed this fast. It makes me nervous.
Harris: Are you aware of any communications with other Trump campaign officials and associates that they had with Russian officials or any Russian nationals?
Sessions: I don’t recall that —
Sessions should be nervous, because if there’s any justice, Sessions and his boss will one day be on lockdown in one of the prisons they plan to send all the black folks, while Kamala Harris will someday become president of the United States.
Back to the hearing. At some point, Harris was on the attack, Sessions was floundering, and the white men decided they had enough. 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. John McCain (R-Ariz.). Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), the committee chair, addressed Sen. Harris: “Senators will allow the Chair to control the hearing. Senator Harris, let him answer.”
Twitter had something to say about all of this:
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
What is it about Kamala Harris that makes her the only Senator Republicans interrupt at every hearing?
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) June 13, 2017
Why do Republican senators only interrupt when Kamala Harris is asking questions? A black woman can’t question a white attorney general? pic.twitter.com/0zD59hVH7E
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) June 13, 2017