Last night, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts spent a lot of breath talking about what a bad guy Jeff Sessions supposedly is.
Sessions is up to be confirmed as President Trump’s Attorney General tonight. He currently serves as a Senator to Alabama.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had enough—so he made a motion that Warren be barred from verbal participation in the remainder of the debate on Sessions’ confirmation.
This is awesome.
Check it out (via Roll Call):
McConnell said Warren had impugned Sessions in contravention of Rule XIX. Warren lost an appeal on a roll call vote, to which Democrats responded with further procedural motions.
“Sen. Warren was giving a lengthy speech. She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation,” McConnell said. “Nevertheless, she persisted.”
The report continues:
Eventually, it was explained that Warren was warned for the quote from Kennedy’s remarks to the Senate Judiciary Committee during consideration of Sessions’ ill-fated nomination for a federal judgeship. In those comments, Kennedy said, “He is, I believe, a disgrace to the Justice Department.”
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The ultimate rebuke by McConnell came in response to Warren’s quoting from the King letter. Impugning the motivations of a fellow senator is a violation of the rules of the Senate.
Not long before McConnell came to the floor, Warren had an exchange with Daines.
“The senator is reminded that it is a violation of Rule XIX of the Standing Rules of the Senate to impute to another senator or senators any conduct or motive unworthy or becoming [of] a senator,” Daines said, reading from prepared notes.
In other words, Warren was told numerous times that what she was doing was wrong and she did it anyway.
So, the Senate took a vote, it landed along party lines, and Senator Warren now has to sit silently until Sessions’ confirmation is over.
Thumbs up to that.