Amid the anguished cries of Democrats in Congress, one Democrat senator is supporting President-elect Trump’s choice of Jeff Sessions for Attorney General. Joe Manchin (D-WV), who frequently breaks with Democrats on issues related to the Second Amendment and coal, stated that Sessions has his support.

The Hill reports:

Sen. Jeff Sessions‘s (R-Ala.) bid to become the next attorney general has the backing of a Democratic senator.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) says he’s supporting President-elect Donald Trump‘s pick of Sessions, journalist Salena Zito tweeted Friday afternoon.

. . . .  Manchin’s support is a big boost to Sessions’s chances. He needs a simple majority in the Senate to be confirmed, and the GOP is expected to control 52 seats in the chamber after next month’s Louisiana runoff elections.

Republicans have largely rushed to back their colleague, and CNN reported that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has pledged to help push through his nomination.

Top Democrats have voiced skepticism about the pick of Sessions, while acknowledging they personally know and get along with the GOP senator.

Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), Chris Coons (Del.), Patrick Leahy (Vt.), Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.) and Richard Blumenthal(Conn.), all Judiciary Committee members, pledged to give Sessions a fair but thorough vetting process.

Feinstein, who will be the committee’s top Democrat in 2017, also appeared to fire a warning shot that Sessions will have to show he’s not too loyal to Trump.

But Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) called on Trump to drop Sessions, warning if he didn’t, the Senate could block the GOP senator for the second time.

Warren might like to think about blocking Sessions, but his confirmation is likely.


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