The office of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) bluntly rejected a courtesy call from the White House in the run-up to Monday’s Supreme Court nomination, according to a senior White House aide.
The Democratic California senator’s office told White House counsel Don McGahn, “We want nothing to do with you,” according to the account.
The senator’s office has since denied making the statement. Asked about the claim, her office confirmed that the senator’s chief of staff, not Harris, spoke with a McGahn aide — but denied the quote.
According to the White House, the brusque response came as McGahn reached out to each Senate Judiciary Committee member to discuss the Supreme Court confirmation process. Fox News reported that Harris’ office was the only one to reject the discussion.
The incident underscores the deeply partisan environment surrounding appeals court Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination.