Manchin to vote for Trump’s attorney general pick

Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Trump takes heat for remarks on help from foreign governments The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Trump takes heat for remarks on help from foreign governments The Hill's Morning Report - Trump and House Democrats resume battle MORE (D-W.Va.) said Tuesday he will vote to confirm William Barr as attorney general, making him the second Democrat to back President TrumpDonald John TrumpDC board rejects Trump Hotel effort to dismiss complaint seeking removal of liquor license on basis of Trump's 'character' DC board rejects Trump Hotel effort to dismiss complaint seeking removal of liquor license on basis of Trump's 'character' Mexico's immigration chief resigns amid US pressure over migrants MORE's nominee.

“Today I will vote to confirm William Barr to be the next Attorney General because he is well-qualified and I am confident that he will faithfully execute the duties of the chief law enforcement officer of the United States of America,” Manchin wrote in a tweet.

Manchin’s decision comes as the Senate is poised to take an initial vote on Barr’s nomination later Tuesday.

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Barr, who previously served as attorney general under former President George H.W. Bush, will need to get a simple majority of the Senate to overcome the hurdle and ultimately be confirmed. 

Though Democrats have raised concerns about Barr’s views on executive power and special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE's Russia investigation — after Barr sent an unsolicited memo criticizing the probe — they are unlikely to be able to block his nomination. 

With 47 seats, Democrats would have needed to flip four Republicans and keep their own caucus united. 

Though Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulOvernight Defense: Pompeo blames Iran for oil tanker attacks | House panel approves 3B defense bill | Trump shares designs for red, white and blue Air Force One Senate rejects effort to block Trump's Qatar, Bahrain arms sales Senate rejects effort to block Trump's Qatar, Bahrain arms sales MORE (Ky.) became the first Republican to announce he would oppose Barr, Manchin is the second Democrat to say he will confirm him. 

Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.), who is up for reelection in 2020, became the first Democrat to announce support for Barr last week.