Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) blasted President Trump for demanding an oath of loyalty from James Comey, saying the fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director only owed the oath to the Constitution. "He is a good guy".
This occurred, as observers pointed out, after senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Angus King (I-ME) engaged in questioning that was contentious (in King's own words) and not particularly an extension of courtesy.
The Senate intelligence committee grilled four senior national security officials in a hearing on Wednesday but only one senator had her line of questioning shut down by the committee chairman. Kamala Harris and other Democrats and asked her to be more respectful as she pressed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein who was testifying before the panel.
"Are you willing or not willing to give him the authority to be fully independent of your ability, statutorily and legally, to fire him?" "But you don't have to respond to that point".
CNN has a full transcript of the tense moment, in which Senate intelligence committee chairman Richard Burr interjected as Harris questioned Rosenstein over whether he would sign a letter to give Special Counsel Robert Mueller full independence from the Justice Department.
"It's not a short answer, Senator", Rosenstein smirked.
Comey said he was unable to answer any of those questions in an open session as it would touch on "investigative matters".
As Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (of Comey memo fame) sat before the Committee, Harris patiently waited her turn.
When Harris tried to argue back, noting that earlier in the hearing a male senator had accused Rosenstein of filibustering, Burr cut her off again, instructing Rosenstein to speak.
California Senator Kamala Harris questioned Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and the head of the National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers at the Senate Committee Hearing.
Rosenstein gave a lengthy answer, but it did not satisfy Harris.
The freshman lawmaker also pushed Comey about whether Attorney General Jeff Sessions was inappropriately involved in the FBI's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, though he did not answer most of her questions.