Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSanders campaign reports raising M in less than a day The Memo: Bernie Sanders’s WH launch sharpens ‘socialist’ question Gillibrand uses Trump Jr. tweet to fundraise MORE (D-Mass.), blocked from reading a letter from a civil rights leader on the Senate floor, took to live video to finish her remarks.  

Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDems think they're beating Trump in emergency declaration battle Sanders: 'Not crazy' about nixing the Senate filibuster McCabe: No one in 'Gang of Eight' objected to FBI probe into Trump MORE (R-Ky.) said on the Senate floor Tuesday that Warren had violated the upper chamber’s rules as she delivered a harsh speech opposing the nomination of Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump nominates Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rosenstein at DOJ McCabe says he was interviewed by Mueller CNN hires former DOJ spokesperson under Sessions as editor on 2020 campaign MORE (R-Ala.) for attorney general. 

Senate GOP subsequently voted to bar Warren from speaking on the Senate floor for the remainder of the debate on Sessions, expected to last into Wednesday evening.  


Democrats immediately bashed McConnell for shutting Warren down, particularly as she read a letter from the late Coretta Scott King, widow of Martin Luther King Jr., opposing Sessions for a federal judgeship in 1986. 

“Tonight I wanted to read that letter, and Sen. Mitch McConnell and Republicans came to the floor to shut me down for reading that letter,” Warren said in a Facebook Live video late Tuesday night. “So right now what I’d like to do outside the Senate, I just want to read the letter.” 

Coretta Scott King wrote to the Judiciary Committee during Sessions’s 1986 confirmation hearings to oppose him, citing his record as a U.S. attorney in Alabama, particularly on voting rights.  

“Mr. Sessions has used the awesome powers of his office in a shabby attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly black voters. For this reprehensible conduct, he should not be rewarded with a federal judgeship,” she wrote at the time. 

Warren's Facebook video drew 1.7 million views, 175,000 "likes" and nearly 50,000 shares by midnight. 

Sen. Jeff MerkleyJeffrey (Jeff) Alan MerkleyGOP Green New Deal stunt is a great deal for Democrats The border deal: What made it in, what got left out Lawmakers introduce bill to fund government, prevent shutdown MORE (D-Ore.) also read the King letter from the Senate floor Tuesday night.