Social media quickly was filled with charges of racism and sexism when freshman Sen. Kamala Harris was told to give Attorney General Jeff Sessions a chance to answer her question on Tuesday.
It all started when Harris, a California Democrat who is her state's former attorney general, grilled Sessions about any contacts he might have had with Russian officials or businessmen during testimony before the Intelligence Committee.
When Sessions provided longer answers than a simple yes or no, Harris asked him to keep it short.
"If I don't qualify it, you'll accuse me of lying," Sessions said. "So I need to be correct as best I can, and I'm not able to be rushed this fast. It makes me nervous."
Harris later interrupted Sessions during his answers to another question, prompting Republican Sen. John McCain to ask committee chairman Richard Burr to tell Harris to allow Sessions to answer the question.
Burr responded that senators should "allow the chair to control the hearing."
The whole brouhaha brought out some criticism on Twitter:
It's not Harris' first time to be scolded for interrupting. McCain made a similar plea for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to be allowed to answer a question. That time, Burr finally concurred.
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