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Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., was cut off by Republican senators as she questioned Attorney General Jeff Sessions during a hearing on Russian interference in last year’s U.S. election. Harris, a former prosecutor, uses a rapid-fire questioning pace more common in a courtroom than in the Senate. At one point, Sessions complained that Harris was making him “nervous.” The same Republican senators cut off Harris’ questioning in an earlier hearing.
Class discussion: Do you think Harris’ questioning of Sessions was unfair? Why or why not? Were the Republican senators correct to interrupt a colleague’s questions? Why or why not? Why do you think Harris has been stopped twice while questioning witnesses before the Senate Intelligence Committee? Do you think it is her questioning style? Does her sex or race have anything to do with it? Does party affiliation influence the way the senators behave or the way commentators view the incidents?
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