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Republicans Unwilling to Reschedule Trump's Cabinet Confirmation Hearings

Republicans Unwilling to Reschedule Trump's Cabinet Confirmation Hearingsā€

"I am not aware of any occasion in the four decades since OGE was established when the Senate held a confirmation hearing before the nominee had completed the ethics review process". "This schedule has created undue pressure on OGE's staff and agency ethics officials to rush through these important reviews", wrote OGE Director Walter Shaub. Of the eight Trump nominees the party is targeting most aggressively on ideological and policy grounds, she is the only one scheduled for a hearing this week who does not have a signed ethics agreement.

In addition, they are seizing on concerns raised over the weekend by the Office of Government Ethics that some nominees' hearings will begin without ethics reviews having been completed.

Mitch McConnell was insistent that all of Obama's nominees receive a sign-off by the Office of Government Ethics before their confirmation hearings could be set, and that their financial disclosures were submitted in time for a "full review" prior to their hearings.

The only person who's made his ethics plan public is Rex Tillerson, Trump's pick for Secretary of State. "It's not in anybody's interest to confirm a presidential nominee and then have them resign because they violated [the law banning conflicts of interest]", Fischer said.

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The OGE's director on Saturday accused Senate Republicans of rushing confirmations for nominees in Trump's administration.

That has incensed Republicans, who point to 2009 when President Obama saw seven cabinet nominees confirmed on Inauguration Day and two more the next.

In addition to Sessions and Kelly, at least six other Trump Cabinet nominees face confirmation hearings this week. McConnell on Sunday pitched Democratic complaints about the process as sour grapes over losing the White House and failing to retake the Senate. "I understand that but we need to sort of grow up here and get past that". Now that Democrats are no longer in control of the Senate, they don't have any procedural means to prevent those nominees from being confirmed.

There are a few reasons Republicans are stacking up so many confirmation hearings this week. The Office of Government Ethics has asked the Senate to slow down the confirmation process.

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Committee aides said the panel held hearings for former Education Secretary Roderick Paige and former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao before they received the same forms in 2001, and that they received the documents days after each of those hearings.

McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, originally sent the request to then-Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democratic senator from Nevada, following then-President-elect Barack Obama's Cabinet nominations, reports The Hill.

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), back in 2009 when he wanted "fair and consistent application" of confirmation rules.

Sen. Mitch McConnell's insistence on pushing forward is particularly troubling given that numerous nominees have backgrounds that raise significant ethical questions - and not all of them only in the financial realm most likely to be surfaced by the ethics office. The majority of Trump's nominees have none, and their vast financial holdings demand transparency. "[Trump's nominees] can't drag their feet on ethics paperwork while their Senate friends try to run out the clock".

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