‘We need to get this done’: Kamala Harris gets tough on Russia probe (and ignores the mansplainers)

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The Republican chairman of the Senate intelligence committee admonished Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) during her questioning of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on June 7. (The Washington Post)

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“I’m not going to stop asking the questions.”

Asking the questions at Senate Intelligence Committee hearings related to Russian interference in the presidential election has added to the aura around Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.). The former California attorney general and San Francisco district attorney’s victory was among the few Democratic victories the night that Hillary Clinton lost the presidency. The fuss over Harris at the hearings is as much about her line of questioning as it is about the reaction to it among Republicans on the committee.

“I just want to get to the truth of what happened,” Harris told me in her office during the latest episode of “Cape Up.” “We should know what happened, and there should be the appropriate consequence and accountability for what happened.” She expressed frustration with the pace of the investigation, saying, “We need to do this as swiftly as possible.” But she added, “We need to be precise. We need to be careful. But we need to get this done. The American people have a right to know.”

Of course, you can’t talk to Harris about all that without asking her about her reaction to the “listen here, little lady” mansplaining she has endured from Republican men on the intelligence committee. “That Sista Girl look,” Harris laughed when I asked her about her steely-eyed, hair-flipping gif-worthy reactions. “I’m truly focused on, ‘I gotta get the answer to this question. We need to know the answer to this question,’ ” Harris said.

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