Lindsey Graham: Floor action to silence Warren ‘long overdue’
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Senate Republicans' action to bar Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenRising star Abrams advances in Georgia governor race Progressive rise is good news for Sanders, Warren Juan Williams: Trump gives life to the left MORE (D-Mass.) from continuing to speak against Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsDirector of federal prisons resigns after clashes with Kushner, Sessions: report Black Caucus raises concerns over Amazon facial recognition software Immigrant women, children abused by gangs need our protection MORE (R-Ala.) Tuesday night was “long overdue,” Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamHouse GOP sets three FBI interviews in Clinton probe Trump on collision course with Congress on ZTE The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — GOP centrists in striking distance of immigration vote 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.