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Schumer vows 'tough vetting' for Sessions

Incoming Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerFive takeaways from the final Tennessee Senate debate Schumer rips Trump 'Medicare for all' op-ed as 'smears and sabotage' GOP senator suspects Schumer of being behind release of Ford letter MORE (D-N.Y.) is promising a "tough vetting" of Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump unsure if Mattis will stay: 'He's sort of a Democrat' Will Sessions use indefinite mandatory detention to reduce the demand for asylum hearings? Chicago sues Trump admin for withholding police funding over sanctuary city policies MORE (R-Ala.), President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I don't trust everybody in the White House' JPMorgan CEO withdraws from Saudi conference Trump defends family separations at border 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 WarrenBiden leads crowded field of Dems in potential 2020 matchup: poll Trump attacks Democrat in Ohio governor's race Warren responds to 'arrogant woman' insult: 'Was I tough on John Kelly? ... You bet I was' 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."