Senator Kamala Harris found herself in headlines after a Republic Senate Committee hearing on Wednesday (June 7) got testy between her and Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman, Richard Burr. Harris and Burr got into it over the California Democratic senator’s questioning of Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein and the investigation of President Donald Trump’s links to Russia during the election as the abrupt silencing caused a stir on social media.
Harris was pressing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein over whether he would sign a letter to give Special Counsel Robert Mueller full independence from the Justice Department in his probe, which would have the same effect as a letter issued for then-Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald in the investigation into the 2003 leaking of then-covert CIA officer Valerie Plame’s identity.
“Senator, I’m very sensitive about time and I’d like to have a very lengthy conversation and explain that all to you,” Rosenstein told Harris.
“Can you give me a ‘yes or no’ answer?” Harris responded.
“It’s not a short answer, senator,” Rosenstein said.
“It is. Either you are willing to do that or you are not,” she responded, cutting his answer short.
The outlet reports that Arizona Senator John McCain then cut Harris off, the second he did so with Democratic senators asking questions of Rosenstein. The matter angered many on social media as they felt Harris’ inquiry was being ignored, and reaction on social media has been ongoing since the moment.
We’ve collected some of the chatter below and on the following pages. And don’t get it twisted, Sen. Harris is not backing down.
I asked Deputy AG Rosenstein to commit in writing that Mueller has full independence. The American people deserve it. pic.twitter.com/0Wi5o2d5Th
— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) June 7, 2017
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) June 7, 2017
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) June 7, 2017
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