Senate Republicans are preparing an unprecedented display of chutzpah as they attempt to jam eight of President-elect Donald Trump’s nominees through the confirmation process this week alone. But here’s the crazy part, according to PBS Newshour:
The independent Office of Government Ethics expressed “great concern” that several of President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees have not yet completed the required ethics review process or even filed any financial information but face confirmation hearings in the next week.
Well, Senate Minority Leader Kurt Schumer is having none of it, particularly since he got a letter about this very thing just eight years ago—a letter demanding that Obama’s nominees submit full disclosures before the Senate would even schedule a hearing.
Fortunately, Schumer kept that letter and instead of writing a new one to McConnell, he just crossed out and replaced the relevant names and sent it right back:
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) January 9, 2017
How’s that for some epic trolling?
And this isn’t just some technicality, but longstanding Senate practice. According to the director of the independent Office of Government Ethics, Walter Shaub:
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. In fact, OGE has not received even the initial draft financial disclosure reports for some of the nominees scheduled for hearings.
You may remember the OGE from last week when Republicans tried to dismantle the department. Surely this is jus a coincidence.
It is worth pointing out that Mitch McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao is one of the nominees scheduled for a hearing this week for the position of Secretary of Transportation, along with Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General, Exxon-Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State, and Ben Carson for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
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