Elizabeth Warren rails against Jeff Sessions confirmation in tweet storm
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenHillicon Valley: GOP lawmakers offer election security measure | FTC Dem worries government is 'captured' by Big Tech | Lawmakers condemn Apple over Hong Kong censorship Sanders seeks spark from Ocasio-Cortez at Queens rally On The Money: Supreme Court takes up challenge to CFPB | Warren's surge brings scrutiny to wealth tax | Senators eye curbs on Trump emergency powers MORE (D-Mass.) launched a flurry of tweets on Wednesday ripping Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump attacks Sessions: A 'total disaster' and 'an embarrassment to the great state of Alabama' Ocasio-Cortez fires back at Washington Times after story on her 'high-dollar hairdo' Trump's tirades, taunts and threats are damaging our democracy MORE’s confirmation to be attorney general and positioning herself as a watchdog for the former Alabama senator’s tenure at the helm of the Justice Department.

The tweet storm came roughly an hour after the Senate voted largely along party lines to confirm Sessions as the next attorney general. One Democrat, Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinOvernight Energy: Perry to step down as Energy secretary | Future of big-game hunting council up in the air | Dems lose vote against EPA power plant rule Senate Dems lose forced vote against EPA power plant rule Schumer seeks focus on health care amid impeachment fever MORE of West Virginia, voted for Sessions.

In her tweets, Warren warned that she and her fellow Democrats would go after Sessions and those who supported him if he “turns a blind eye” to any unconstitutional or illegal actions committed by President Trump.

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Warren has been among Sessions's most vocal critics. Senate Republicans voted to rebuke the progressive firebrand Tuesday night, arguing that Warren had broken Senate rules by personally attacking Sessions during a debate on his nomination.

At the time, Warren was reading a letter by the late civil rights activist Coretta Scott King, who weighed in on Sessions’s failed 1986 nomination for a federal judgeship. In the letter, King accused the newly confirmed Alabama attorney general of suppressing black voters in the state during his time as a U.S. attorney.

Warren blasted the vote to silence her in a tweet, pointing out that, because Sessions was confirmed as attorney general, there are no Senate rules barring her from criticizing him.

“There’s no Rule 19 to silence me from talking about Jeff Sessions anymore. So let me say loudly & clearly: This is just the beginning,” she tweeted.