Manchin signals he'll support Gupta as No. 3 在司法部, 加强确认的机会

它的. 乔·曼钦, 关键的民主党摇摆投票, said Monday that he will likely support Vanita Gupta as the No. 3 在司法部, taking a stance that is expected to pave the way for her confirmation in the face of stiff GOP opposition.

With Manchin’s expected backing, Gupta would have at least 50 votes to ensure her confirmation unless unexpected Democratic opposition arises. Republicans have by and large attacked her past views and tweets and have characterized her as out of the mainstream, a sign that mostif not allof them are likely to vote against her nomination as associate attorney general in the evenly divided chamber.
But the West Virginia Democrat told CNN that he is likely to back her nomination because of high marks given to her by the Biden administration’s new attorney general, Merrick Garland.
    I have spoken to Merrick Garlandand he is very high on her. And I have all the respect in the world on his decision making,” Manchin said. “I will be leaning towards because of his support.
      Senate Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, 告诉CNN “it’s possiblethat Gupta’s nomination could be advanced out of his committee before the Easter recess begins at the end of next week.
          曼钦, 虽然, is undecided on two other nominees: Vivek Murthy, to be surgeon generalwhom he opposed for the job under President Barack Obamaand Colin Kahl, President Joe Biden’s pick as Pentagon policy chief.
          We’re still looking at it,” Manchin said of Kahl, who has generated GOP opposition over his past tweets.

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