Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) didn’t hold back on Wednesday when it was her turn to question President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
The Senator, who has served as California’s Attorney General and as a public prosecutor, showed that cross-examinations were her specialty.
Harris began by focusing on the Russia investigation under Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller, asking Kavanaugh if he’d ever discussed the case with anyone. When Kavanaugh replied that he’d spoken of it with other judges, Harris asked if he’d spoken with anyone at Kasowitz, Benson & Torres, the law firm founded by Trump’s personal lawyer Marc Kasowitz.
Has Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh had a conversation about Robert Mueller or his investigation with anyone at Trump's personal attorney's law firm?
We don’t know. He refused to answer my question. pic.twitter.com/PAKxDGvEtZ
— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) September 6, 2018
Kavanaugh stammered as Harris warned him: “Be very careful with your answer, sir.”
Kavanaugh asked if the senator was thinking of a specific person, and if she could refresh his memory, to which the senator replied:
With all that you remember, you have an impeccable memory, you’ve been speaking for almost eight hours, maybe more with this committee, about all sorts of things you’ve been asked, How can you not remember whether or not you had a conversation about Robert Mueller or his investigation with anyone at that law firm?”
Harris’s unwavering line of questioning garnered praise across social media.
The Kavanaugh hearing:
GOP senators: Omg hiya Brett, tell us about what you ate for breakfast!!!
Kamala Harris: Explain the conversations you've had about Mueller. Tell me about federal laws that govern male bodies. Give your thoughts on white supremacists.
— Lily Herman (@lkherman) September 6, 2018
My senator does not suffer fools.
This exchange is extraordinary. Kamala Harris simply won’t let Kavanaugh weasel out of the question of whether he’s spoken about the Mueller investigation with anyone at the law firm of Trump’s personal attorney.
Clearly he has. https://t.co/obRzs44V8M
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) September 6, 2018
The last 30 minutes of my life have basically consisted of sipping drinks and watching Sen. Kamala Harris adroitly dismantle Brett Kavanaugh with no regard for chummy boy's club niceties, and I am absolutely here for it.
— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) September 6, 2018
Her assurance during the exchange led some to believe she knows something the public doesn’t.
Re: Kamala and her Qs re whether Kavanaugh discussed Mueller probe with anyone at Kasowitz —
Dem aide tells me they have reason to believe that a conversation happened and are continuing to pursue it.
— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) September 6, 2018
Talk about stonewalling! Kavanaugh does not want to answer that question. it is obvious that Kamala knows something and he does not want it to come out.
— Juanita Iguana 🌊 #resist #Closethecamps #Voteblue (@JuanitaIguana1) September 6, 2018
Absolutely. I'm a 35 year litigation paralegal and my husband is a 35 year litigator. We both looked at her Q&A and came to the same conclusion: he *absolutely* talked with Kasowitz or someone in his firm. You don't dodge and spin like this unless you have something to hide.
— HoldMyWine (@TerryPullBurd) September 6, 2018
Kavanaugh asked if the senator was thinking of a specific person, to which she replied:
I think you’re thinking of someone and you don’t want to tell us.”
It was far from the only tense moment of Harris’s questioning.