Manchin to vote for Trump’s attorney general pick

Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinOvernight Energy: Green groups sue Trump over Endangered Species Act changes | Bureau of Land Management retirees fight plan to relocate agency | Wildfires in Amazon rainforest burn at record rate Bureau of Land Management retirees fight plan to relocate agency out west GOP senator: Gun control debate 'hasn't changed much at all' back home 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 TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' 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.


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 MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony 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 PaulGraham promises ObamaCare repeal if Trump, Republicans win in 2020 Conservatives buck Trump over worries of 'socialist' drug pricing Rand Paul to 'limit' August activities due to health 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.