During Tuesday Senate hearing with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) was once again interrupted by a Republican senator as she attempted to force a member of the Trump administration to answer her questions.
Under furious questioning from the California senator over whether he had contacts with any “Russian businessmen or Russian nationals,” a flustered Sessions claimed she was accusing of him of lying, and begged off.
“If I don’t qualify, it you’ll accuse me of lying so I need to be correct as best as I can,” Sessions demurred.
“I do want you to be honest,” Harris replied.
“And I’m not to be able to be rushed this fast,” Sessions remarked. ” It makes me nervous.”
As Harris resumed her questions, Sen. John McCain — off camera — rushed to Sessions’ defense, interrupting Harris with, “Chairman, the witness should be allowed to answer the question.
Chairman Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) then told both McCain and Harris, “Senators, you will allow the chair to control the hearing.”
Following the hearing, Harris took to Twitter to go after Sessions.
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Melania Trump statue torched near her Slovenian hometown: report
On Wednesday, The Daily Beast reported that a wooden statue of First Lady Melania Trump carved from a tree outside her hometown in Slovenia last year has been burned to the ground.
"The artist who had commissioned the sculpture, Brad Downey, had the statue removed on July 5," reported Madeline Charbonneau. "Downey, who is American but works out of Berlin, had hoped his statue of the first lady would create dialogue about American politics, given that Melania Trump is an immigrant married to a president who seeks to stem immigration. Though the investigation is still pending, Downey said he hopes to interview the perpetrators for an upcoming exhibition."
FBI investigating Chinese businessman who bankrolled media company linked to Steve Bannon
A Wall Street Journal expose revealed that a Chinese businessman is under investigation by the FBI after he used funds to bankroll a media company with ties to a former aide to President Donald Trump, Steve Bannon.
"Federal Bureau of Investigation national security agents in recent months have asked people who know both men for information on Mr. Guo’s activities, including the source of funds of a media company linked to him that hired Mr. Bannon in 2018 as a consultant, the people said," according to the Journal. "As recently as last week, the FBI met with one person familiar with the companies tied to Mr. Guo, the people said. The probe has been underway for more than six months, and prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s offices in Manhattan and Brooklyn have been involved.
Mike Pompeo asks Egypt to stop harassing US citizens
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday welcomed Egypt's release of a US citizen but urged the ally to stop harassment of others.
Mohamed Amashah, 24, was freed Monday, nearly 16 months after he was arrested in Cairo's Tahrir Square for holding up a sign seeking the release of prisoners, according to human rights campaigners.
A dual US-Egyptian citizen who lives in New Jersey, he had gone on a hunger strike this year to protest his conditions.
"We thank Egypt for securing his release and his repatriation," Pompeo told a news conference.
"But at the same time, we urge Egyptian officials to stop unwarranted harassment of US citizens and their families who remain there," he said.