By Veronica Mackey
Attorney General Jeff Sessions was a senator for 20 years before accepting his current post in the Trump Administration. The seasoned politician knows his way around investigative hearings and knows how to avoid implicating himself under oath.
Nonetheless, the Alabama Republican came unraveled by a Congressional newcomer during Tuesday’s hearing on Russian interference with the 2016 election. Freshman Sen. Kamala Harris fired off question after question about Sessions’ meetings with Russian officials and discussions with President Donald Trump.
The questioning was quick and direct. At one point, when Harris asked Sessions about any conversations he had with Russian businessmen at the 2016 Republican convention, he said, “I’m not able to be rushed this fast. It makes me nervous.” The veteran senator struggled to find definitive answers, and several times said he could not recall what was said.
A harsh critic of Trump and friend to former President Barack Obama, Sen. Harris is quickly making a name for herself in Washington. She is California’s former attorney general, whose landmark California Homeowner's Bill of Rights became law in 2013. The bill gives homeowners more "options when fighting to keep their home" and also gives the California Attorney General more power to investigate and prosecute financial fraud.
Already, there is buzz that Harris has her eye on the presidential race in 2020. None of this talk, however, has been confirmed.