Senate poised to confirm Trump’s attorney general pick

The Senate advanced President TrumpDonald John TrumpGrassroots America shows the people support Donald Trump Trump speaks to rebel Libyan general attacking Tripoli Dem lawmaker: Mueller report shows 'substantial body of evidence' on obstruction MORE’s attorney general nominee on Tuesday, paving the way for his confirmation later this week.

Senators voted 55-44 to end debate on William Barr’s nomination, more than the simple majority needed for him to overcome the filibuster and ultimately be confirmed. 

The Senate is expected to take a final vote on Barr’s nomination as late as Thursday, with Trump’s pick on a glide path to confirmation. A vote could take place on Wednesday if senators agree to yield back time. 

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Democratic Sens. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinOn The Money: Cain 'very committed' to Fed bid despite opposition | Pelosi warns no US-UK trade deal if Brexit harms Irish peace | Ivanka Trump says she turned down World Bank job Cain says he won't back down, wants to be nominated to Fed Pro-life Christians are demanding pollution protections MORE (W.Va.), Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.) and Doug Jones (Ala.) voted with most Republicans to advance Barr’s nomination. 

“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 earlier Tuesday announcing his support for Barr. 

With those three voting for Barr, Democrats would have had to flip seven Republican senators to sink his nomination. 

But Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulBooker, Harris have missed most Senate votes Trump vetoes measure ending US support for Saudi-led war in Yemen Bottom line MORE (R-Ky.) was the only GOP senator to say that he would oppose Barr, citing concerns over his views on privacy. 

Barr's nomination ran into controversy over an unsolicited memo he sent to the White House regarding special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE. Barr, in the memo, described Mueller’s probe as based on a “fatally misconceived” theory and would do “lasting damage” to the presidency.

Barr told senators during his confirmation hearing last month that he would let Mueller finish his investigation, that Trump would not be allowed to “correct” his final report and that he would make Mueller’s findings public in accordance with the law.