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Tillerson Confirmation Hearing Begins; DeVos, Pompeo, Ross & Puzder Hearings Delayed

HeadlineJan 11, 2017

Confirmation hearings are continuing on Capitol Hill today with day two of questioning for Sessions, along with a hearing for Trump’s transportation secretary pick Elaine Chao and another for his choice for secretary of state, longtime CEO of ExxonMobil Rex Tillerson, who stepped down from his position in December. Tillerson could face questions about his ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin and his position on Trump’s vow to “cancel” the Paris climate accord. Opponents also want Tillerson to respond to allegations that under his leadership ExxonMobil continued to work in close partnership with repressive regimes. A handful of the confirmation hearings scheduled for this week have been delayed, after concerns the nominees had not been vetted by the Office of Government Ethics. As of Monday afternoon, the ethics disclosure reports for four Trump nominees slated to go before the Senate this week had not been made public at all. The hearings have now been delayed for Betsy DeVos, Trump’s education secretary nominee; Kansas Congressmember Mike Pompeo for CIA director; billionaire Wilbur Ross for commerce secretary; and Andrew Puzder for labor secretary.

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