Lindsey Graham: Floor action to silence Warren ‘long overdue’
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Senate Republicans' action to bar Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren goes on tweetstorm over GOP ObamaCare repeal bill Warren: Dems should campaign on single-payer healthcare plan Senate Dems step up protests ahead of ObamaCare repeal vote MORE (D-Mass.) from continuing to speak against Sen. Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsOvernight Regulation: Trump pick would swing labor board to GOP | House panel advances bill to slow ozone regs | Funding bill puts restrictions on financial regulators Overnight Tech: Trump targets Amazon | DHS opts for tougher screening instead of laptop ban | Dem wants FBI to probe net neutrality comments | Google fine shocks tech DOJ hosts Pride party honoring transgender student from bathroom case MORE (R-Ala.) Tuesday night was “long overdue,” Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamGOP senators want surveillance requests from FBI Russia probe Overnight Cybersecurity: New ransomware attack spreads globally | US pharma giant hit | House intel panel interviews Podesta | US, Kenya deepen cyber partnership Graham gets frustrated in public ‘unmasking’ debate MORE (R-S.C.) said.

“Because you’re reading a letter from somebody that defames the senator is not a reason to ignore it,” Graham told conservative radio host Mike Gallagher on Wednesday.

“The bottom line is, it was long overdue with her. I mean, she is clearly running for the [Democratic presidential] nomination in 2020.”

The South Carolina senator said Warren’s fiery comments about Sessions, President Trump's nominee for attorney general, are a sign of the uncertainty within the Democratic Party and the efforts being made by its most "extreme" members to seize control.

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“The Democratic Party is being pushed really hard by the most extreme voices in their community, and they just don’t know how to handle it,” Graham said.

“If they empower her, then I think the Democratic Party is going to lose its way with the vast majority of the American people,” he added.

Republicans voted to rebuke Warren Tuesday night during a debate over Sessions’s nomination, saying that the Massachusetts senator had violated Senate rules by personally attacking Sessions.

At the time McConnell interrupted her, Warren was reading a letter by the late Coretta Scott King, a civil rights activist and the wife of Martin Luther King Jr., denouncing Sessions’s 1986 nomination for a federal judgeship.

The move to remove Warren from the debate sparked immediate criticism by Democrats, many of whom voiced support for the progressive firebrand.