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 WarrenHere's what the Dem candidates for president said about the Mueller report Booker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements Harris wants Barr to testify on Mueller report as 2020 Dems call for its release MORE (D-Mass.) ripped Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsMueller's investigation ends, but divisive political circus will continue Mueller delivers report to Justice, ending investigation Trump says 'people will not stand' for Mueller report 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 McConnellConservatives wage assault on Mueller report Overnight Energy: Interior reverses decision at heart of Zinke criminal probe | Dem divisions deepen over approach to climate change | GM to add 400 workers to build electric cars Trump: Green New Deal 'the most preposterous thing' and 'easy to beat' 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 TrumpMueller report findings could be a 'good day' for Trump, Dem senator says Trump officials heading to China for trade talks next week Showdown looms over Mueller report 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.