Democratic Senator Turns, Will Support Trump Nominee

Sen. Doug Jones (D., Ala.) announced in a Twitter thread on Thursday that he will support President Donald Trump’s nominee William Barr to be the next attorney general.

“After thorough consideration, I have concluded that Mr. Barr is qualified for the position & his record strongly suggests he will exercise independent judgment & uphold the best interests of the DoJ. I will vote to confirm Mr. Barr as AG of the United States,” Jones wrote in one tweet.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted on Thursday along party lines to advance Barr’s nomination. Jones’s support signals Barr will likely be confirmed due to Republicans’s majority in the Senate.

If confirmed, Barr will have oversight over Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation, a fact that has raised concerns among some Democrats because of a memo Barr wrote about the probe. In the 19-page memo, Barr wrote Trump’s publicly reported interactions with former FBI Director James Comey do not constitute obstruction of justice.

Read more at the Washington Free Beacon.