She couldn’t ‘persist.’ Dems furious when GOP Intel chair shuts down Kamala Harris for interrupting

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Republican Sen. Richard Burr issued an epic shut down of a Democratic committee member who repeatedly interrupted witnesses in a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing.

The North Carolina senator and chair of the committee suspended California Sen. Kamala Harris from speaking on Wednesday after she refused to let Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein answer the questions she was leveling at him.

This followed a heated exchange Harris had with NSA Director Mike Rogers whom she also kept interrupting.

Rosenstein attempted to answer the Democratic senator’s question about the integrity of special counsel Robert Mueller. But Harris cut him off to grandstand about assurances that the director was fully independent.

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“Sir, if I may, the greater assurance is not that you and I believe in Mueller’s integrity…it is that you would put in writing an indication based on your authority as the acting attorney general that he was full independence,” she said as Rosenstein appeared to look annoyed.

“He has the full independence as authorized by those regulations,” he began to respond before he was again cut off by Harris.

Apparently, at this point, Burr had had enough and scolded Harris.

“The senator will suspend. The chair is going to exercise his right to allow the witness to answer the question,” Burr said. “The committee is on notice to provide the witnesses the courtesy, which has not been extended all the way across, extend the courtesy for questions to get answered.”

Harris pressed on, disregarding Burr’s direction.

“Mr. Chairman, respectfully, I would like to point out that this witness…” she began, but the committee chairman was not playing.

“Mr. Rosenstein, will you … the senator will suspend. Mr. Rosenstein, would you like to fully answer the question?” Burr asked.

“The truth is, I have a lot of experience with these issues and I could speak for a very long time about it,” Rosenstein responded, seeming grateful to be given the chance to finally speak.

Of course, liberals erupted into claims of sexism.

But others on Twitter thought Harris had it coming.

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