Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman, Richard Burr attempted in vain to cut short California Senator Kamala Harris when she fiercely questioned Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein during a high profile Republican Senate Committee hearing on Wednesday. 

Harris was questioning Rosenstein on whether he had plans for signing a letter that would give complete independence to special counsel Robert Mueller from the Justice Department in his investigation into President Donald Trump's campaign having links to Russia during the 2016 presidential elections.

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"Senator, I'm very sensitive about time and I'd like to have a very lengthy conversation and explain that all to you," Rosenstein said to the Democrat.

"Can you give me a 'yes or no' answer?" she asked.

"It's not a short answer, Senator," Rosenstein replied.

"It is," she responded as she kept on grilling him. "Either you are willing to do that or you are not."

"Mr. Chairman, they should be allowed to answer the question," Senator john McCain intervened.

"Are you willing or are you not willing to give him the authority to be fully independent of your ability, statutorily or legally, to fire him?”, she continued relentlessly.

"He has the..." Rosenstein started but was cut short.

"Yes or no, sir," Harris kept the pressure on. "Are you willing to do ..."

"Will the Senator suspend?" Richard Burr interrupted. "The chair is going to exercise its right to allow the witnesses to answer the question, and the committee is on notice to provide the witnesses the courtesy, which has not been extended all the way across, extend the courtesy for questions to get answered."

"Mr. Chairman, respectfully, I would point out that this witness has joked, as we all have, his ability to filibuster," Harris said, but Burr stopped her midway, telling her to suspend yet again.

"Thank you, Senator, I'm not joking," Rosenstein continued. "The truth is I have a lot of experience with these issues and I could speak to you for a very long time about it."

He explained his points at length but to Harris it was still a vague reply, "So, is that a no?"

Rosenstein did not reply and the questioning moved on to another round of questions for another senator.

This prompted a tweet in support of Harris from Elizabeth Warren, who was also cut off on the Senate floor in February this year. Warren was asked by the presiding officer to take her seat. This rare rebuke took place during a debate on the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama, to be attorney general. Warren quoted a letter dating back to 1986, from Coretta Scott King, the widow of Martin Luther King Jr., which was written to Sen. Strom Thurmond and criticized Sessions, who was a nominee to be a federal judge back in 1986.

Veteran political consultant from California Robert Salazar compared the 52 year-old Democrat to former President Barack Obama in terms of her passion and determination to carry out the duties of her office, "You saw it with Obama. It is a very rare mixture of passion and professionalism that is hard to come across in politics." 

Twitter burst out as soon as the news of the tussle came out: