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Senate stops reading of Coretta Scott King letter opposing Jeff Sessions

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Photo Source: Twitter/@SenWarren)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Photo source: Twitter/@SenWarren)

The upcoming vote on the confirmation of Sen. Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General became heated on the floor of the U.S. Senate yesterday. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Ma., who is opposed to Sessions’ nomination, decided to read a letter from the late Coretta Scott King, widow of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., which was written in opposition to Sessions’ nomination to a federal judgeship three decades ago.

Warren began reading the following excerpt from the letter when she was stopped by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.:

“I write to express my sincere opposition to the confirmation of Jefferson B. Sessions as a federal district court judge for the Southern District of Alabama. My professional and personal roots in Alabama are deep and lasting. 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. Mr. Sessions has used the awesome powers of his office in a shabby attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly black voters. For this reprehensible conduct, he should not be rewarded with a federal judgeship.”

McConnell stopped Warren over a Senate rule that bars senators from speaking ill of their colleagues. “The senator has impugned the motives and conduct of our colleague from Alabama. I call the senator to order under the provisions of Rule 19,” he said.

Rule 19 states that senators are not allowed to “directly or indirectly, by any form of words impute to another Senator or to other Senators any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a Senator.”

Warren asked for a vote to overturn the rule and she was denied 49-43 along party lines. Warren defended her decision to read the letter on Twitter with the following:


  1. jimrussell on February 8, 2017 at 8:57 am

    Shut up. Mitch McConnell, son of the Old Confederacy, and Republican’s are so
    embarrassed of their embrace of their fellow Alabama Reb and Attorney
    General pick, Jeff Session’s, Mitch had to reach down into the bottom of
    the barrel and pull out an ancient arcane rule to muzzle Senator
    Elizabeth Warren from even reading a letter from Loretta Scott King
    drawing attention to Session’s intolerant past and reason for his
    failure to be approved, by the same Senate, as as Federal Judge. So much
    for freedom of speech in the Republican Senate of the United States of
    America. The combination of Putin interference and the 50 year
    “Republican Southern Strategy” have succeeded beyond their wildest
    dream’s, they have successful shut down free speech in the Republican
    United States Senate, formally know as, “The Worlds Greatest
    Deliberative Body”, god help us.

    • Chuck on February 8, 2017 at 12:43 pm

      You stfu. Your silly ass probably didn’t vote and haven’t voted in years. Quit bashing others, when you’re part of the problem, by not voting.

      • jimrussell on February 8, 2017 at 8:22 pm

        Making that moronic assumption would make you a moron, right?

    • James Hepburn on February 8, 2017 at 7:42 pm

      MLK stated in measure of a Human being , judge them not while they are in comfort and convenience,but in trial and tribulation ,ones like Hillary who use trayvon life and mother,and Warren, who using mrs king,would have been nowhere near these heroes of ours if they were physically among us,these white folks use us in life and death,but no more the masquerade is over.

      • jimrussell on February 8, 2017 at 8:23 pm

        Probably you should stick to smoking weed, your crap as a philosopher.