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Schumer vows 'tough vetting' for Sessions

Incoming Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerOn The Money: Yellen touts 'whole-of-economy' plan to fight climate change | Senate GOP adopts symbolic earmark ban, digs in on debt limit Hillicon Valley: Tech companies duke it out at Senate hearing | Seven House Republicans vow to reject donations from Big Tech Lawmakers reintroduce bill to invest billions to compete with China in tech MORE (D-N.Y.) is promising a "tough vetting" of Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsDOJ to probe Minneapolis police Garland rescinds Trump-era memo curtailing consent decrees Biden picks vocal Trump critics to lead immigration agencies MORE (R-Ala.), President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpUS gives examples of possible sanctions relief to Iran GOP lawmaker demands review over FBI saying baseball shooting was 'suicide by cop' House passes bill aimed at stopping future Trump travel ban 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.

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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 WarrenLawmakers react to guilty verdict in Chauvin murder trial: 'Our work is far from done' World passes 3 million coronavirus deaths Poll: 56 percent say wealth tax is part of solution to inequality 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."