Cruz thanked the witness panel, which included Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, for attending the hearing and said he would be entering his statement for the record, opting to pass on his round of questioning.

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharFranken resignation could upend Minnesota races Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign Trump-free Kennedy Center Honors avoids politics MORE (D-Minn.) took the next round of questions, but not before chiding her colleague for not letting her pose his queries for him, in a more Democratic fashion.

“I had offered to do Sen. Cruz’s questions for him and just make a few nuanced changes in how I asked them, but he didn’t accept that offer,” said a smiling Klobuchar.