Senate votes on Jeff Sessions' attorney general confirmation after contentious debate

Senate votes on Jeff Sessions' attorney general confirmation after contentious debate

Senate votes on Jeff Sessions' attorney general confirmation after contentious debate

Warren also went live on Facebook after walking out of the Senate chamber, reading the anti-Sessions letter penned by Coretta Scott King decades ago that she was prevented from reading on the Senate floor.

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Daines, a Republican, was presiding over the Senate as Warren read the letter.

Warren read Tuesday night from a 1986 letter written by Martin Luther King Jr.'s widow accusing US Senator Jeff Sessions, who at the time was up for a federal judgeship, of intimidating elderly black voters. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. Sessions' nomination to be a federal judge, was cut short by GOP Majority Leader Mitch McConnell - who later banned Warren from the floor for the remainder of the debate. Elizabeth Warren of MA reacts to being rebuked by the Senate leadership and accused of impugning a fellow senator, Sen. She was given an explanation. "Nevertheless, she persisted", McConnell said.

"The main thing is millions of people are now reading Coretta Scott King's letter".

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Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) on Tuesday night said he was "astounded" by Warren's so-called lack of "etiquette and courtesy" and-to the amazement of many-told Warren that she should think of how her words would affect Sessions' wife.

Warren's supporters took to social media to quote the Coretta Scott King letter that the senator had been referring to in her speech. "I have become a nonperson during the discussion of Jeff Sessions", she explained. King wrote to Thurmond: "Anyone who has used the power of his office as United States Attorney to intimidate and chill the free exercise of the ballot by citizens should not be elevated to our courts".

Watch Warren read King's letter below.

“If you cant discuss a senators virtues on the Senate floor while considering them for a Cabinet position, when can you?”.

The career of Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general, has been shadowed by his prosecution of the "Marion Three".

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