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Warren reads Coretta Scott King letter opposing Sessions from outside Senate

Victoria Sarno Jordan

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (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 McConnell (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 Sessions (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.  

{mosads}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 Merkley (D-Ore.) also read the King letter from the Senate floor Tuesday night. 

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