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Sen. Kamala Harris Again Interrupted by Male Colleagues

by Jane C. Timm and Chandelis R. Duster /
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Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), only the second black woman to be elected to the US Senate, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill on March 28, 2017.Zach Gibson / Getty Images

California Democrat Sen. Kamala Harris was again reprimanded for questioning and interrupting a witness while questioning Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday.

She was first interrupted by Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, who said Sessions should be allowed to answer, then Committee Chair Sen. Richard Burr,R-N.C., said he would control the hearing and the witness should be allowed to answer questions.

She was the only senator to be interrupted and reprimanded, despite the fact that many senators — most noticeably Sen. Mark Warner, the Virginia Democrat who sits next to Burr and is the vice chairman on the committee — interrupted Sessions' answers before and after Harris spoke.

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Sessions insisted that he didn’t want to be rushed during his questioning, because he didn’t want to be later accused of lying should he not properly qualify his answers. He also said being rushed "makes me nervous."

Harris was similarly reprimanded by Burr just six days ago for her manner of questioning Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Some on social media argued that Harris keeps getting cut off because she is a black woman — only the second one ever in the Senate.

A few hours after the hearing was over, Harris tweeted, "The women of the United States Senate will not be silenced when seeking the truth," along with a link to a fundraising page for female senators.

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