Sen. Elizabeth Warren Silenced on Debate Floor While Reading Letter from Coretta Scott King

Written by on February 9, 2017

Senator Elizabeth Warren was “rebuked” by Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell during Tuesday night’s Senate debate over the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General when she began quoting a 1986 letter written by the late Coretta Scott King — a letter that called out Sessions’ history of Black voter suppression.

Mrs. King sent the letter to Senator Strom Thurmond when Sessions was nominated to serve as a federal judge. McConnell objected to Warren’s attempt to read the letter, and the Senate subsequently ruled in a 49-43 vote that Warren had “breached the rules of debate.”

An image of Mrs. King’s letter is below, along with video of Senator Warren quoting from it during the Senate debate.

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