Columnist Kirsten Powers: 'How was Sen. Harris hysterical?'

Her mother and father were immigrants from India and Jamaica, respectively.

"No, because she was trying to shout down Attorney General Sessions, and I thought it was way out of bounds". I mean, comparing Harris to Sen. In terms of how they are deployed, this covers the spectrum from stealthy to blatant, from a carefully worded nice-nasty memo emailed to one's underperforming staff at the job, to a dagger-sharp side eye shot strategically at the assistant principal who has called you in to discuss why your 8-year-old daughter was so "aggressive" in insisting that Chaddington Whiteson shut up and let her finish talking during class.

The result, one side rushing, the other stalling, is never pretty.

But twice now, Harris has been interrupted and chastised by male senators for her style of questioning during the hearings.

US Attorney General, Jeff Sessions sat before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday to testify about his recusal from investigations into possible ties between President Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

By the time the dust settled, Sessions had told Harris that her style of questioning made him "nervous". So I need to be correct as best I can and I'm not able to be rushed this fast. On June 7, Harris pressed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on whether he would give Special Counsel Robert Mueller full independence in his investigation of collusion between Trump and Russian Federation in the election.

"If I don't qualify it, you'll accuse me of lying", he whined.

At that moment, Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), and Sen.

McCain: Mr. Chairman, they should be allowed to answer the question.

"Senators will allow the chair to control the hearing", Burr said, pointing to McCain.

Senator Harris's accomplishments speak volumes.

She has made her name in high-profile state positions, elected twice as the district attorney in San Francisco and also serving as state attorney general for five years. At several points, she interrupted Sessions to try and get him to answer.

The scene was almost identical to one that played out during a hearing last week, when Harris was questioning Rosenstein.

Harris's peers have mentioned that anytime a female prosecutor or any woman in power ask questions, those on the receiving end seem to always be uncomfortable.

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Rosenstein: It's not a short answer, senator.

"It is", she said, cutting him off.

Harris: It is. Either you are willing to do that or you are not. If there is no legal basis to refuse to answer a question under oath then you have to answer it.

Harris continued interrogating the deputy attorney general, again pressing him to give a "yes or no" answer.

Burr: Will the senator suspend?

Specifically, Harris is from Berkeley and came of age during a time (roughly the late 1960s through the "80s) when all manner of social upheaval was the order of the day". However, conservatives have expressed their disdain for the senator's overt toughness.

Harris: Is that policy in writing somewhere? "Raise your hand if you've been shushed, silenced, scolded, etc".

CNN political analyst Kirsten Powers wouldn't let him get away with it.

"How was Senator Kamala Harris hysterical?"

"They both were asking a lot of tough questions and I think calling her hysterical is probably a little gendered thing to say", Powers said. She was very dogged, there's no question, but I wouldn't say she was any more dogged than Ron Wyden [D-Ore.] was, would you?

She was even told to show more "courtesy" during her questioning. I don't think Sen. "Her voice isn't just a good one, it's a necessary one to help capture all the energy and enthusiasm that Democrats on the left have right now", said Bill Burton, Democratic strategist and former Obama adviser.Harris has been described as a fresh face for a party desperately searching for a new generation of leaders.

CNN contributor and Trump supporter Jeffrey Lord added to the fiery exchange between Powers and Miller, saying, "Hysteria is a neutral quality".

POWERS: "But how was that hysterical?"

Harris's treatment has not gone unnoticed. Harris' turns at the mic during two recent hearings of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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