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It’s not uncommon for members of Congress to grill subjects during hearings, sometimes asking the same question multiple times.
In the few minutes each Senate intelligence committee member was limited to speak during Wednesday's Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act hearing, the 15 Republican and Democratic senators took their turn doing just that. When it came to Harris, the newest member of the group and final inquisitor during the hearing, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) cut her off.
Harris was in the middle of questioning Deputy Atty. Gen. Rod Rosenstein about special counsel Robert Mueller's independence in the investigation into Russia's possible coordination with the Trump campaign when McCain cut in.
"Mr. Chairman, they should be allowed to answer the question," he said.
Harris continued, pressing for a "yes" or "no" answer to whether Rosenstein could provide written confirmation assuring Mueller's independence.
Then Burr cut her off.
"The committee is on notice to provide the witnesses the courtesy — which has not been extended all the way across — for questions to get answered, " he said.
And Burr ignored Harris' attempts to continue.
The moment raised eyebrows on Twitter, with many comparing it to the attempt by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to stop Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) from filibustering Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing.
"Nevertheless, she persisted," McConnell memorably said, igniting days of outrage.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is trying to capitalize on the Harris incident with a fundraising email.
"Click here to show the GOP our women senators WILL NOT be intimidated or silenced from speaking out on issues that matter to Americans. Add your name today," it read.
Harris also referenced the incident in a fundraising email that largely focused on her uninterrupted questioning of fired FBI Director James B. Comey on Thursday, and also said: "Thank you for standing with me yesterday when the GOP tried to shut me down."