Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Trojan Horse of protectionism Federal Reserve officials' stock trading sparks ethics review Manchin keeps Washington guessing on what he wants MORE (D-Mass.) offered words of encouragement to fellow Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) Wednesday after she was scolded during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing.
“Silencing Kamala Harris for not being ‘courteous’ enough is just unbelieveable,” Warren tweeted. "Keep fighting, Kamala! #NeverthelessShePersisted.”
Harris was questioning Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on whether he would sign off to give special counsel Robert Mueller full independence from the Justice Department probe into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russian election meddling.
“Will the senator suspend? The chair is going to exercise its right to allow the witnesses to answer the question, and the committee is on notice to provide the witness the courtesy, which has not been extended all the way across. Extend the courtesy for questions to get answered,” Committee Chairman Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrEmboldened Trump takes aim at GOP foes NC Republican primary key test of Trump's sway The 19 GOP senators who voted for the T infrastructure bill MORE (R-N.C.) interjected.
“Mr. Chairman, respectfully, this witness has joked as we all have about his ability to filibuster,” Harris said.
“The senator will suspend. Mr. Rosenstein would you like to answer the question,” Burr interrupted.
Twitter users were quick to issue reactions to the exchange.
They just treated Kamala Harris like a piece of trash— Matt Murphy (@MattMurph24) June 7, 2017
Just now in the Intel hearing: A male GOP senator (Burr) tells a female Dem senator (Harris) to pipe down. Where have we seen this before?— Ed O'Keefe (@edatpost) June 7, 2017
A white male GOP senator tells a female Senator to be quiet. Where have we heard that before?— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) June 7, 2017
The back and forth comes months after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump seeking challenger to McConnell as Senate GOP leader: report Budget chairman: Debt ceiling fight 'a ridiculous position to be in' Buckle up for more Trump, courtesy of the Democratic Party MORE (R-Ky.) accidentally created a rallying cry for Warren supporters after he scolded Warren during a Democratic protest over Attorney General Jeff Session’s nomination.
“Sen. Warren was giving a lengthy speech. She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted,” McConnell said.