Schumer vows 'tough vetting' for Sessions

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Incoming Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSchumer: GOP efforts to identify FBI informant 'close to crossing a legal line' Patients deserve the 'right to try' How the embassy move widens the partisan divide over Israel MORE (D-N.Y.) is promising a "tough vetting" of Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsStopping Robert Mueller to protect us all Chris Christie compares Mueller investigation to 'Bridgegate' probe Oakland mayor fires back at Trump: ‘It’s my duty to protect my residents’ MORE (R-Ala.), President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpJuan Williams: Trump gives life to the left Kennedy retirement rumors shift into overdrive Pompeo to outline post-deal strategy on Iran MORE's pick to be attorney general.

Schumer, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, declined in an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press" to offer any "quick judgements" on Trump's nominees.

"It's premature to make any decisions but, except to say a very thorough and tough vetting for a Senate colleague, as well as for anybody else," he said.

Schumer indicated he has questions for his Senate colleague regarding Sessions's plans for the Justice Department's civil rights division, among others.

Senate Democrats have pledged to fight Sessions's nomination to be attorney general, questioning whether he would be able to provide equal protections for Americans.

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenElizabeth Warren urges grads to fight for 'what is decent' in current political climate Tomi Lahren responds to genealogist's investigation of her family: 'She failed miserably' GOP, Dem lawmakers come together for McCain documentary MORE (D-Mass.) on Friday called on Trump to rescind Sessions's nomination, while other Democrats voiced concerns about decades-old accusations of racism against the Alabama lawmaker.

Several Democrats on the Judiciary Committee have pledged to give Sessions a fair but thorough vetting as party members continue to voice opposition to his nomination.

"You want to make sure that they are qualified, that they will do the right thing," Schumer told NBC. "I think you have to be really careful, and particularly in a new administration with an untested president."