The Senate, The Warren Rebuke & Rule 19

J. Scott Applewhite
J. Scott Applewhite
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12 February, 2017

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren was found in violation of Senate rules for using a Coretta Scott King letter to criticize Jeff Sessions' appointment to U.S. Attorney General. Thursday night, Sen. Warren of MA was raising historical criticism of President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general, her colleague from Alabama, Sen.

Under Senate rule 19, "No Senator in debate shall, 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".

Republican senators voted on Tuesday evening, February 7, to end Warren's reading of a letter written 30 years ago by Martin Luther King Jr.'s widow that criticized Sen. "Senator Warren said 'Senator Sessions has used the awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens'".

"The idea that reading a letter from Coretta Scott King somehow puts me out of line-they didn't say anything she said was wrong, they just said, 'you're not allowed to quote her, '" Warren explains. And Warren was reading from a letter that was written 10 years before Sessions was even elected to the Senate.

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While Sessions was ultimately confirmed on Wednesday night, Sen.

Clinton, whose tweet has since gone viral, with more than 26,000 retweets and more than 66,000 likes, was referring to McConnell's decision to ban Warren from speaking while Democrats were protesting Republican Sen. Among those supporting Warren are her fellow Democrat senators and King's daughter, Bernice. McConnell owes Sen. Warren an apology. She also posted a video to Facebook Live where she read the King letter outside the Senate doors.

According to Politico, the Republican-majority voted 49-43 to prevent Warren from talking on the chamber floor until Sessions' nomination is over. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., "selective enforcement". In it, she urged senators not to confirm Sessions - whose nomination did indeed fail.

Warren was rebuked at a confirmation hearing for President Donald Trumps attorney general nominee, Alabama Sen. Both presiding officer Sen.


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