Warren: Sessions leading Justice Dept in 'bigotry-fueled attack' on immigrants

Warren: Sessions leading Justice Dept in 'bigotry-fueled attack' on immigrants

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren adds her pronouns to Twitter bio Biden leads, Warren and Sanders tied for second in new poll The Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants MORE (D-Mass.) ripped Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsHouse gears up for Mueller testimony Trump's no racist — he's an equal opportunity offender Press: Acosta, latest to walk the plank MORE from the Senate floor on Wednesday, a year after Republicans voted to censure her over remarks about the then-senator.

"On Jeff Sessions's watch, the Justice Department has promoted voter suppression. On his watch, the Justice Department has endorsed discrimination. ... And on his watch, the Justice Department has led an all-out bigotry-fueled attack on immigrants and refugees," Warren said from the Senate floor.

Warren shot into the spotlight last year after Senate Republicans voted to temporarily block her from speaking from the floor, citing the Senate's rules against impugning the character of a fellow senator.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants GOP rattled by Trump rally Third Kentucky Democrat announces challenge to McConnell MORE (R-Ky.) now-famously explained the decision, saying, "She was warned. ... Nevertheless, she persisted."

Warren referenced the incident, saying she was "booted off the Senate floor" for reading a passage from Coretta Scott King's 1986 letter opposing Sessions's judgeship.

Warren also knocked Sessions — "a man deemed too racist to hold a federal court judgeship in 1986" — over his record on voting rights, noting he had "embraced President TrumpDonald John TrumpCould Donald Trump and Boris Johnson be this generation's Reagan-Thatcher? Merkel backs Democratic congresswomen over Trump How China's currency manipulation cheats America on trade MORE's make-believe, fact-free conspiracy theories around voter fraud."

Sessions was President Trump's first supporter in the Senate when Trump was a candidate, but fell out of the president's favor last year when he recused himself from the FBI's investigation into potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign.

Warren said the "ultimate irony" was Trump "turned on" Sessions.

"Sessions has groveled but Donald Trump will never forgive the sin of failing to serve Donald Trump personally," he said.