Read Coretta Scott King's letter lambasting Jeff Sessions

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) sought to cool tensions on Wednesday - while defending the move to shut down Warren's speech.

Wednesday's vote comes amid rising tension between Republicans controlling the chamber and minority Democrats largely opposed to Trump Cabinet picks like Betsy DeVos at Education - who cleared the Senate by a 51-50 vote on Tuesday with Vice President Mike Pence casting a historic vote to break a tie.

"Like the late Arlen Specter, I can only hope that if she was still with us today, that after getting to know him and to see his record and his commitment to voting and civil rights, " she would have agreed with Specter when he said in that he regretted his vote to kill Sessions' nomination for a federal judgeship decades before.

"He is, I believe, a disgrace to the justice department and he should withdraw his nomination and withdraw from the Justice Department... But I think as a practical matter, they have the votes and that's what's going to happen", King said.

At his hearing last month, Sessions said he had never harbored racial animus and claimed he had been falsely caricatured.

It is, however, the job of the attorney general as the head US law enforcement officer and attorney to enforce and defend the law as it stands - not to change it.

Democrats had repeatedly contended that Sessions is too close to Trump, too harsh on immigrants, and weak on civil rights for minorities, immigrants, gay people and women. "It wasn't accurate then, and it's not accurate now".

As Warren was reading, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell invoked Senate Rule 19, which forbids senators from suggesting another senator is guilty of "any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a Senator". Mitch McConnell cut her off.

Unlike Warren, however, the Oregon Senator spoke without an interruption from McConnell.

In a teasing and lighthearted way, Trump said to Ayotte, "I wish you had endorsed me like you endorsed him", referring to Gorsuch and Ayotte's distancing of herself from Trump late in his controversial campaign. Senators voted along party lines to silence her.

Of course, Rubio's vote doesn't mean you can't read King's letter in full. Let Elizabeth Warren speak.

What could King have possibly written that would leave Republicans so shaken that they'd dig into their obscure rulebook to muzzle a senator on the floor? "That was the quote".

Coretta Scott King spoke out against now-Sen.

Scott continued: "I'm a complete horror". Images shared on social media afterwards show activists holding protests signs and reading from copies of King's letter while huddled on the sidewalk near Mr. McConnell's house.

  • Leroy Wright