Republicans took issue Tuesday night when Sen. Elizabeth Warren quoted from a letter written by the late Coretta Scott King opposing Jeff Sessions’s ill-fated nomination to a federal judgeship in 1986. King’s letter accused Sessions of racial bias.
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That prompted Republicans to object to Warren's comments under a little-used Senate rule prohibiting Senators from impugning the motives of their fellow Senators. Majority leader Mitch McConnell objected from the floor, saying that Warren had “impugned the motives and conduct of our colleague from Alabama.”
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Republicans suggested the episode spoke to Democrats’ inability to accept the results of the 2016 election — and, more narrowly, to adhere to the rules of a body where decorum has often fallen away.