Senate panel schedules meeting on Trump's attorney general pick

Senate panel schedules meeting on Trump's attorney general pick
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The Judiciary Committee has scheduled a meeting to consider William Barr and other nominees, kickstarting the process of bringing President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rips Dems' demands, impeachment talk: 'Witch Hunt continues!' Nevada Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push MORE's attorney general pick to the Senate floor.

The panel, which is now chaired by Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamCongress, White House near deal on spending, debt limit Hillicon Valley: Google delays cutting off Huawei | GOP senators split over breaking up big tech | Report finds DNC lagging behind RNC on cybersecurity Roger Stone considers suing to discover if he was spied on by FBI MORE (R-S.C.), announced that it would hold a business meeting to consider Barr's nomination on Tuesday.

But it's unlikely that the Judiciary Committee will actually vote on Barr's nomination during the meeting.

Under committee rules any one senator can request that a nomination be delayed a week when it's on the agenda for the first time, as Barr's will be on Tuesday.

The committee action comes after Barr, who was previously attorney general during the George H.W. Bush administration, testified as part of his confirmation earlier this month.

During the grilling, senators pressed Barr for specifics on special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerHouse progressive: Pelosi 'has it right' on impeachment Democrats talk subpoena for Mueller Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna: 'I'm not there yet' on impeachment MORE's probe, as well as his views on executive privilege and Trump's pardon powers.

Barr is expected to easily sail through the Judiciary Committee. Republicans hold a two-seat advantage on the panel.

Republicans have a larger 53-seat majority in the full Senate. That means Democrats will need to flip four senators, as well as keep their own caucus united, if they want to sink his nomination.