Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., listens to testimony from top national security chiefs during a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on gathering intelligence on foreign agents, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 7, 2017.
Bila fired back and noted that all of the women around the table of "The View" interrupt one another constantly. A black woman can't question a white attorney general?
HOSTIN: She doesn't let them evade the question. We can not allow them to hold us back, or silence us into self-doubt.
Harris: that you would be asked these ... As a member of the senate intelligence committee responsible for investigating Russian interference with the 2016 election and connections between the country and Trump campaign officials, Harris has landed a star role in the country's political drama.
The junior senator was treating Sessions as a hostile witness in a criminal trial.
What was unusual, however, was the level of disrespect shown to Harris, a woman of color.
Let's see what excuse he comes up with now and how the Trump administration spins this. Sessions fumbled and bumbled his way through his testimony and could barely read his prepared statement of fiction.
"We talked about it", Sessions said. But he did not cite any specific DOJ rules, although he continued to refer to an established set of policy as if it existed.
"Sir, I'm not asking about the principle", she countered. "But I have to tell you, I can not testify to what was said as we were standing at the Republican Convention before the podium where I spoke". Harris asked him straight up: What is that policy and did you actually look at it?
And Sessions was nervous. "OK, just wanted to clear that up". I also think Sessions and McCain hoped their actions would evoke a stereotypical response from Harris - perhaps the rolling of her neck or eyes, or even a response in an angry tone. Kamala Devi Harris makes these career politicians nervous.
At the hearing, Attorney General Jeff Sessions heatedly denied that he had any undisclosed meeting with the Russian ambassador or conversations with Russian officials about the USA elections.
SESSIONS: - Policy that goes beyond just the attorney general.
If Sessions knew anything, he would no doubt have know to apply those skills on Harris, a former prosecutor and a Democrat. Harris pushed on, and Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina, the chairman of the committee asked Rosenstein to show her the courtesy of not answering her question. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., being interrupted for the second time in a week by her male colleagues - triggered an outpouring of recognition and what has become nearly ritual social media outrage.
"Senators will allow the chair to control the hearing", Burr replied. Senator, let him answer. Harris has been interrupted not once, but twice. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) led the way with her questioning witness Attorney General Sessions a month ago.
Harris: Can you give me a "yes or no" answer?
"It's not a short answer, senator", Rosenstein said.