Schumer, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, declined in an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” to offer any “quick judgements” on Trump’s nominees.
“It’s premature to make any decisions but, except to say a very thorough and tough vetting for a Senate colleague, as well as for anybody else,” he said.
Schumer indicated he has questions for his Senate colleague regarding Sessions’s plans for the Justice Department’s civil rights division, among others.
Senate Democrats have pledged to fight Sessions’s nomination to be attorney general, questioning whether he would be able to provide equal protections for Americans.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Friday called on Trump to rescind Sessions’s nomination, while other Democrats voiced concerns about decades-old accusations of racism against the Alabama lawmaker.