Dem senator backing Sessions for attorney general

Sen. Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsBudowsky: Let’s discuss impeachment Dem lawmaker: Trump should fire Sessions Tillerson says he's 'not going anywhere' MORE's (R-Ala.) bid to become the next attorney general has the backing of a Democratic senator.

Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinMnuchin: Trump administration examining online sales tax issue Manchin on GOP lawmaker’s suggestion for a duel with female senators: I’ll ‘step outside with him’ McCain returning to Senate in time for health vote MORE (D-W.Va.) says he's supporting President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpDem rep to introduce measure requiring White House to disclose pardons Lawmakers push to toughen foreign lobbying rules False advertising: How the Democrats attempt to rewrite history MORE's pick of Sessions, journalist Salena Zito tweeted Friday afternoon. 

.@Sen_JoeManchin says in our interview in Charleston West Virginia he supports @SenatorSessions for Trump's AG pic.twitter.com/8kMl4IHs5O

— SalenaZito (@SalenaZito) November 18, 2016
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Manchin's support is a big boost to Sessions's chances. He needs a simple majority in the Senate to be confirmed, and the GOP is expected to control 52 seats in the chamber after next month's Louisiana runoff elections. 
 
Republicans have largely rushed to back their colleague, and CNN reported that Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellBare bones repeal plan gains steam in Senate Poll: Dems have the edge in healthcare debate Senate rejects repeal-only ObamaCare plan MORE (R-Ky.) has pledged to help push through his nomination.
 
Top Democrats have voiced skepticism about the pick of Sessions, while acknowledging they personally know and get along with the GOP senator. 

Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), Chris Coons (Del.), Patrick Leahy (Vt.), Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.) and Richard Blumenthal(Conn.), all Judiciary Committee members, pledged to give Sessions a fair but thorough vetting process.

Feinstein, who will be the committee's top Democrat in 2017, also appeared to fire a warning shot that Sessions will have to show he’s not too loyal to Trump.

But Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDem says ObamaCare repeal effort moves US ‘toward single-payer’ Warren: Protests are the reason ObamaCare hasn’t already been repealed Warren goes to Lincoln Memorial after ObamaCare repeal vote to 'replenish my soul' MORE (D-Mass.) called on Trump to drop Sessions, warning if he didn't, the Senate could block the GOP senator for the second time. 

Senators blocked Sessions from getting a federal judgeship in 1986 after allegations — that Sessions has repeatedly denied — that he called an African-American assistant U.S. attorney “boy” and called the NAACP and the American Civil Liberties Union “un-American.”

Manchin, who faces a potentially difficult reelection bid in 2018, has created headlines since last week's election for breaking with his party. After outgoing Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidConservative Senate candidate calls on GOP to end filibuster Ex-Reid aide: McConnell's 'original sin' was casting ObamaCare as 'partisan, socialist takeover' GOP faces growing demographic nightmare in West MORE (D-Nev.) ripped Trump in a statement, Manchin called his rhetoric an "absolute embarrassment."