Sen. Joe Manchin is backing off his support for a key nominee of President Trump. The West Virginia Democrat is withdrawing his support for Robert McNamee to be on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission after intense pressure from environmental activists in his party. Manchin unexpectedly voted against McNamee in a Wednesday procedural vote in the Senate. Despite being a Democrat, Manchin’s opposition was unexpected because he’s from a strongly pro-Trump state, he’s supported Trump’s energy agenda in the past, and he voted for NcNamee in committee just two weeks ago. Manchin cited recently released video of the Trump nominee trashing renewable energy as the reason for his no vote.
—QUOTABLE: “After viewing video footage, which I had not previously seen, where Bernard McNamee outright denies the impact that humans are having on our climate, I can no longer support his nomination to be a FERC commissioner.” -Manchin