On Tuesday night, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stopped Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren from reading aloud a letter from Coretta Scott King, originally written in 1986 to oppose Sen. Jeff Sessions’ appointment to a federal court. McConnell said Warren was “impugning the motives of our colleague.” Later in the evening, Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley read portions of the letter, omitting specific references to Sessions.
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“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,” reads part of the letter.
“This simply cannot be allowed to happen. Mr. Sessions’ conduct as U.S. Attorney, from his politically-motivated voting fraud prosecutions to his indifference toward criminal violations of civil rights laws, indicates that he lacks the temperament, fairness and judgment to be a federal judge,” wrote King.
Was McConnell right in censuring Warren? Or should she have been allowed to continue reading the letter?
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