Manchin to vote for Trump’s attorney general pick

Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinHillicon Valley: Facebook removes Trump post | TikTok gets competitor | Lawmakers raise grid safety concerns OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Court cancels shutdown of Dakota Access Pipeline | US could avoid 4.5M early deaths by fighting climate change, study finds | Officials warn of increasing cyber threats to critical infrastructure during pandemic Officials warn of increasing cyber threats to critical infrastructure during pandemic 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 TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally 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) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout 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 PaulTrump-backed Hagerty wins Tennessee GOP Senate primary Senators introduce bill to block Trump armed drone sale measure The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump's visit to battleground Ohio overshadowed by coronavirus 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.