GOP senator on Warren: People need to be called out

GOP senator on Warren: People need to be called out
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Sen. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneRepublicans agree — it’s only a matter of time for Scott Pruitt Senate moving ahead with border bill, despite Trump On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Senators hammers Ross on Trump tariffs | EU levies tariffs on US goods | Senate rejects Trump plan to claw back spending MORE (R-S.D.) early Wednesday defended the decision to bar Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenMulvaney aims to cement CFPB legacy by ensuring successor's confirmation Trump calls Nevada Dem Senate candidate 'Wacky Jacky,' renews 'Pocahontas' jab at Warren On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Trump floats tariffs on European cars | Nikki Haley slams UN report on US poverty | Will tax law help GOP? It's a mystery MORE (D-Mass.) from speaking on the floor late Tuesday after she was accused of having impugned another senator.

"It was a clear violation of the rules ... rules say it, 'directly or indirectly impugning the character or conduct of another colleague,' and she clearly had done that. She crossed that line," Thune said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

"The whole message behind this was that the Senate's a place where collegiality is supposed to rule. There are rules. We're supposed to abide by those rules. If those rules are not adhered to, people need to be called out."

The Senate voted Tuesday to prevent Warren from speaking on the floor after Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMulvaney aims to cement CFPB legacy by ensuring successor's confirmation Senate left in limbo by Trump tweets, House delays Political figures pay tribute to Charles Krauthammer MORE (R-Ky.) said her blistering comments about fellow Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard Sessions'Occupy ICE' protests emerge across the country Prosecutor warned border authorities office is ‘diverting’ DOJ resources from other cases: report There's room in America for domestic violence victims MORE (R-Ala.), President Trump's pick for attorney general, broke the chamber's rules.

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Senators rebuked Warren in a 49-43 party-line vote, rejecting Warren's push to overturn a ruling by Senate Republicans that she had violated the rule during a floor speech.

The move bars Warren from speaking on the floor until the Senate wraps up its debate on Sessions's nomination.

Under the Senate's Rule 19, senators are not allowed to "directly or indirectly, by any form of words impute to another Senator or to other Senators any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a Senator."

On Tuesday night, Warren gave a speech against Sessions's nomination, arguing he wouldn't stand up to Trump's "campaign of bigotry." In her speech, she quoted a letter from the late Coretta Scott King, the civil rights activist and wife of Martin Luther King Jr.

Thune said Wednesday that Warren was "impugning the character of a colleague."

"In this case, Jeff Sessions, who most of who have served with him understand and know he's a man of absolute integrity," Thune said.

He added that the Massachusetts senator was in clear violation of the rules.

"The Senate is a collegial place, but most of us like to think of it as we're all part of a team," he said.

"And when one of your team members gets attacked, you typically defend them, and that's simply what happened last night." 

He also called it "unfortunate" that more Democrats didn't step up and "acknowledge that that was crossing a line."