Both the Democratic leadership and federal ethics director Walter M. Shuab Jr. are concerned about the Republican’s attempts to rush through Trump’s cabinet picks before their background checks are completed.
Perhaps, the three most controversial nominees are schedules for confirmation hearings in the coming week. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Trumps pick for attorney general; Betsy DeVos, the education secretary and secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson are scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Schuab said it is a “great concern” to him that his office has not had enough time to finish the vetting process for many of Trump’s nominees.
The GOP’s push in unprecedented, Schuab said. Confirmation hearings should not be held before nominees have been completely reviewed for ethical, financial and criminal concerns. He said some of the nominees are left with “potentially unknown or unresolved ethics issues.”
Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) said the transition team and Republicans in Congress are guilty of conclusion. He said they were trying to “jam through” un-vetted nominees, and the American public have a right to know if they have any conflicts of interest and plan to comply with the law.