Sen. Warren: No Confirmation Hearings for Trump Appointees Until Scrutinized for Conflicts of Interest

Corruption, Government

Sen. Elizabeth Warren challenged Trump’s transition team on Saturday when she called for a moratorium on confirmation hearings for his cabinet appointees until they complete an ethics screening for conflicts of interest.
Warren made the declaration on Twitter, writing, “Cabinet officials must put our country’s interests before their own. No [confirmation] hearings should be held until we’re certain that’s the case,” reports The Hill.

She was responding to a letter from the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) expressing grave concern that Trump planned confirmation hearings before it could screen nominees for ethical conflicts.
“This is ridiculous,” Warren wrote. “[Trump’s nominees] can’t drag their feet on ethics paperwork while their Senate friends try to run out the clock.”

The OGE has been struggling to get any sort of cooperation from the Trump transition team. Raw Story reports that OGE Director Walter Shaub wrote, “We seem to have lost contact with the Trump-Pence transition since the election.”
New York Sen. Chuck Schumer (D) issued a statement on Saturday condemning the breakdown in communication and raises suspicions about the Trump transition team’s possible nefarious activities.
“The Office of Government Ethics letter makes crystal-clear that the transition team’s collusion with Senate Republicans to jam through these Cabinet nominees before they’ve been thoroughly vetted is unprecedented,” Schumer said.
The Republicans plan to begin hearings as early as Tuesday or Wednesday, so things could be about to get very interesting.
(Article by Jeremiah Jones)