Dem senator backing Sessions for attorney general
Sen. Jeff Sessions’s (R-Ala.) bid to become the next attorney general has the backing of a Democratic senator.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) says he’s supporting President-elect Donald Trump’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
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 Warren (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 Reid (D-Nev.) ripped Trump in a statement, Manchin called his rhetoric an “absolute embarrassment.”
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