The call came at the end of a sticky summer day, shortly after U.S. Sen. Tim Scott had returned to his office following dinner with his closest friend in Congress, U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy.
There had been a shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. A white gunman entered a Wednesday-evening Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, a predominantly black congregation, and opened fire. Details were sketchy, but there was little doubt the attack was racially motivated.
U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (left) and U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy (center) speak with Pastor Jack Graham about their friendship, their faith and their hope for a divided nation.