Asked by NCS’s Chris Cuomo on “Prime Time” about his interest in the position, Schiff stated, “You know, I’m not commenting. But I appreciate the question.”

“I am very gratified to see that it looks like Xavier Becerra will be confirmed tomorrow. I think he’ll do an exceptional job and I’m confident the governor will pick a worthy successor,” he continued.

Pressed on whether or not that meant he was ruling out consideration for the job, the California Democrat reiterated, “I am not going to comment.”

Schiff’s feedback — or lack thereof — are prone to gas recent hypothesis about his interest in the submit that has proved to be a robust launching pad for formidable politicians, together with Vice President Kamala Harris. A ultimate affirmation vote for Becerra is anticipated Thursday, and California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom’s announcement of his alternative may come quickly after.

Some social justice teams, together with Black Lives Matter, have pressed Newsom to choose somebody “who has an understanding of the impact of policing and incarceration on people’s lives and on our communities.”

“We urge you to gain our trust and support by appointing someone who has worked throughout their career to uplift the people of California,” an inventory of legal justice and racial justice teams added in an open letter to the governor final month.

After attending Harvard Law School, Schiff labored as an assistant US attorney in California, the place he persuaded a jury to convict an FBI agent of promoting secrets and techniques to the Russians. Then he was elected to the California state Senate earlier than setting his sights on the US House.

He saved a low profile throughout his early years in Congress, however rose to prominence in 2014 as one of many Democrats on the Republican-led committee investigating the Benghazi attack, and once more in 2019 for his main position in the House impeachment investigation into then-President Donald Trump.


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