Lindsey Graham: Floor action to silence Warren ‘long overdue’
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Senate Republicans' action to bar Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSanders endorses Oakland teachers strike On The Money: Dems set Tuesday vote on Trump's emergency declaration | Most Republicans expected to back Trump | Senate plots to avoid fall shutdown drama | Powell heading before Congress News media has sought to 'delegitimize' Tulsi Gabbard, says liberal journalist MORE (D-Mass.) from continuing to speak against Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump says he hasn't spoken to Barr about Mueller report Ex-Trump aide: Can’t imagine Mueller not giving House a ‘roadmap’ to impeachment Rosenstein: My time at DOJ is 'coming to an end' MORE (R-Ala.) Tuesday night was “long overdue,” Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump says he'll '100 percent' veto measure blocking emergency declaration Overnight Defense: Dems tee up Tuesday vote against Trump's emergency declaration | GOP expects few defections | Trump doubles number of troops staying in Syria to 400 On The Money: Dems set Tuesday vote on Trump's emergency declaration | Most Republicans expected to back Trump | Senate plots to avoid fall shutdown drama | Powell heading before Congress 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.