Senator Hoeven, in lockstep with his Republican brethren, voted to silence Senator Warren on the Senate floor.
Warren's crime? Reading from a letter that Coretta Scott King sent to judicial committee members when Jeff Sessions was being considered for a federal judgeship in 1986. Warren read: "Mr. Sessions has used the awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens in the district he now seeks to serve as a federal judge." A copy of the actual letter is below.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell cried foul and invoked the little used senate rule #19, which forbids a senator from impugning another. How ridiculous is it that during a debate about the fitness of Jeffrey Beauregard Sessions for Attorney General that no criticism of him is allowed because Sessions is still a senator?
Sessions was rejected for the federal judgeship in 1986 because of his past history of racist comments and actions. Now the GOP and Senator Hoeven think he is just fine to lead the office which is in charge on enforcing laws for all Americans. How sad.
With Senator Hoeven's blessing, Sessions will become the next Attorney General of the United States. Expect to see voter suppression increase, and civil rights of American citizens decrease.
The only good to come from this debacle, besides the awakening of millions of people to the GOP's hypocrisy? The line McConnell uttered will now be used as a rallying cry for women: "She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted."