Published: Fri, February 10, 2017
Life&Culture | By Kristin Armstrong

Elizabeth Warren sanctioned for 'impugning' Jeff Sessions during Senate debate over nominee

Elizabeth Warren sanctioned for 'impugning' Jeff Sessions during Senate debate over nominee

King was the wife of civil rights leader Martin Luther King [Junior] She wrote the letter in 1986, when Sessions, then a lawyer for the federal government, was being considered for a federal court judgeship.

Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat broke the chamber's arcane rule by reading a 30-year-old letter from Coretta opposing Sessions' judicial nomination in 1986, AP reports. Confirmation is expected on Wednesday despite Senate Democrats' opposition to their colleague.

McConnell objected on the grounds that she was violating the rarely invoked Senate Rule XIX, which bars senators from "impugning" their colleagues.

When CNN reached out to McConnell for additional comment Wednesday, McConnell spokesperson David Popp said the rule invoked to halt Warren can not be done retroactively. She was given an explanation. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenClinton tweets in defense of Warren: "Nevertheless, she persisted". McConnell probably didn't expect what happened next, but it's a triumph all the same: nearly as soon as his words became known, #ShePersisted tweets began trending on Twitter as feminists used his words as a rallying cry. Warren replied to the sit-down order: "I am surprised that the words of Coretta Scott King are not suitable for debate in the United States Senate".

At the same time, other senators, including former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, read King's letter on the Senate floor without being stopped. "Mr. Sessions has used the awesome powers of his office in a shabby attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly black voters".

Democrats who challenged the shutdown of Warren were twice voted down by all the Republicans present. Jeff Sessions for attorney general.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren is not easily silenced
Mike Segar Reuters Sen. Elizabeth Warren is not easily silenced

Asked by the Washington Post "what she would say on the Senate floor once she is permitted to speak again", Warren responded: "When he is attorney general, we must hold him accountable".

The vote comes after a stunning series of events for President Donald Trump's cabinet picks, including the historic vote for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, whose confirmation was made official after Vice President Mike Pence cast a tie-breaking vote.

"I write to express my honest opposition to the confirmation of Jefferson B. Sessions as a federal district court judge for the Southern District of Alabama".

Elizabeth Warren continued to revel in the national spotlight last night after Republicans' now-infamous vote to cut off her anti-Jeff Sessions testimony on the Senate floor.

Sen. McConnell Refuses to Let Sen. Coretta Scott King will not be silenced.

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