Schumer vows 'tough vetting' for Sessions

Incoming Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerHouse Judiciary Dems seek answers over Trump's national emergency declaration Mandatory E-Verify: The other border wall Trump says he 'didn't need to' declare emergency but wanted 'faster' action MORE (D-N.Y.) is promising a "tough vetting" of Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine — Trump, Congress prepare for new border wall fight The Memo: Trump and McCabe go to war McCabe book: Sessions once said FBI was better off when it 'only hired Irishmen' MORE (R-Ala.), President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery 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 WarrenNewsom endorses Kamala Harris for president Constitutional conservatives need to oppose the national emergency Poll: Sanders, Biden seen as most popular second choices in Dem primary 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."