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 TrumpWarren: 'White supremacists pose a threat to the United States like any other terrorist group' National Enquirer paid 0,000 for Bezos texts: report Santorum: Trump should 'send emails to a therapist' instead of tweeting MORE's attorney general pick to the Senate floor.

The panel, which is now chaired by Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamOverwhelming majority of voters want final Mueller report released: poll Bottom Line Pence traveling to SC for Graham reelection launch 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 Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe 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.