Manchin to vote for Trump’s attorney general pick

Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinSenate confirms Trump pick William Barr as new attorney general GOP wants to pit Ocasio-Cortez against Democrats in the Senate Senate poised to confirm Trump’s attorney general pick 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 TrumpMcCabe says he was fired because he 'opened a case against' Trump McCabe: Trump said 'I don't care, I believe Putin' when confronted with US intel on North Korea McCabe: Trump talked to me about his election victory during 'bizarre' job interview 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 Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe 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 PaulOn unilateral executive action, Mitch McConnell was right — in 2014 Congress must step up to protect Medicare home health care Business, conservative groups slam Trump’s national emergency declaration 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.