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A schedule of this week’s Senate confirmation hearings

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A schedule of this week’s Senate confirmation hearings

A schedule of this week's Senate confirmation hearings*/

– Skip in Skip x Embed x Share Several of Donald Trump’s staff selections will begin to undergo Senate confirmation hearings in the final days leading up to the president-elect’s inauguration.TimeSen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., with President-elect Donald Trump during a meeting at Trump Tower (Photo: Evan Vucci, AP)WASHINGTON — Eight of President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees will face tough questioning from Senate committees this week as Republican leaders begin their push to quickly confirm Trump’s choices.Trump predicted Monday that all of his nominees will be confirmed, and he is probably right.
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Senate confirmation hearings for Trump’s Cabinet picks: time, live stream, and what to expect

Senate confirmation hearings for Trump’s Cabinet picks: time, live stream, and what to expect*/

– On Wednesday, three of Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks are scheduled to face the grueling confirmation hearings Senate Democrats will undoubtedly use to grill the president-elect’s proposed appointments.Secretary of state pick Rex Tillerson, the Texan Exxon Mobil CEO, will face the Foreign Relations Committee at 9:15 am; attorney general nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions will wrap up his two-day session, which began Tuesday, with the Judiciary Committee starting at 9:30 am; and secretary of transportation pick Elaine Chao’s hearing before the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee will begin at 10:15 am.Senate hearings for secretary of education nominee Betsy DeVos and proposed CIA director Rep. Mike Pompeo, which were also originally scheduled for Wednesday, have since been postponed (Pompeo’s session will begin Thursday and DeVos’s the following Tuesday).
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Something’s missing: Senate confirmation hearings will proceed without nominee background checks

Something’s missing: Senate confirmation hearings will proceed without nominee background checks*/

– According to the New York Times, Senate Republicans will begin a long series of confirmation hearings this week without actually completing background checks and ethics clearances of some cabinet nominees.In a clear case of rushing to put Trump’s team in place, more than five appointees are expected to be pushed into position starting on Tuesday.Not surprisingly, Democrats are preparing to stand in the way of any appointment they can, citing no historical precedents for such rule-breaking.
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