NRSC Calls Out Warren Over Sessions Bill She Co-Sponsored

2015 bill honored Selma marchers with Congressional Gold Medal

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., tangled with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell over Jeff Sessions’ nomination for attorney general. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., tangled with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell over Jeff Sessions’ nomination for attorney general. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Posted February 9, 2017 at 7:59am

The National Republican Senatorial Committee is calling hypocrisy on Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s strong words of opposition to new Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Warren was prevented from commenting on Sessions’ nomination as attorney general after she attempted to read a letter the late Coretta Scott King, the widow of Martin Luther King Jr., wrote expressing opposition to Sessions’ nomination to a federal court in 1986.

But Chris Hansen, the executive director of the NRSC, posted a screenshot of a bill that Sessions introduced and Warren co-sponsored to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the 1965 marchers in Selma, Ala.

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Sessions was confirmed to be attorney general with a 52-47 vote on Wednesday after Democrats made an issue over past accusations of racism and the Senate voting against his nomination three decades ago.

Warren is up for re-election in 2018 and Republicans are already trying to tie vulnerable Democrats facing re-election then to her.

After Sessions’ confirmation, Warren tweeted a warning to Sessions about turning a “blind eye” if President Donald Trump “violates the Constitution or breaks the law,” saying “this is just the beginning.”

Warren’s office did not respond to a request for comment.