Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) had a difficult time responding to what she considered her “biggest win” since taking office, saying Friday it was sitting on oversight committees to “try and get at the truth.”
Harris was interviewed on the “Call Your Girlfriend” podcast, Breitbart reports, where host Aminatou Sow noted Harris, who was elected in 2016, was “relatively new to the job.”
“We’re wondering, maybe, if you could talk about what at this point you consider your biggest win, or the thing that when you’re like ‘Wow, when I look back at those 18 months, this is the thing that I want top of the resume,” Sow said.
“I’ll tell you, one of the things that I think, for me, is most important is the role that I serve on the various committees that I’m on, which are oversight committees,” Harris said. “Let’s be clear. Those committees exist to watch and question what is going on with our government, the United States government. So I’m on Senate Intelligence, I’m on Homeland Security, I’m on Judiciary, and the accomplishment then is for me is a function of what I think my role should be, and often, especially in the last 18 months, it has been to try and get at the truth.”
“And so, the accomplishment is, and the goal is to always make sure that we are being, and the system is being, as transparent as possible, and that, frankly, that the American public has the answers and that we’re being told the truth,” she added. “And when that happens, I feel a sense of accomplishment and when it doesn’t happen, I feel a sense of frustration.”
Harris is mulling a run for the White House in 2020, recently saying she’s “not ruling it out.” The timeframe of her running would be identical to President Barack Obama, who was elected to the U.S. Senate in Illinois in 2004 and ran successfully for the White House in 2008.