Schumer disclosed his intent to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell recently. Schumer says Democrats plan to target at least 8 Cabinet nominees who have failed to disclose personal financial data Democrats wish to review.
Democrats will target Rex Tillerson, Trump’s choice for secretary of state; Senator Jeff Sessions, his pick for attorney general; House Representative Mick Mulvaney, tapped to lead the Office of Management and Budget; and Betsy DeVos, selected to serve as education secretary.
Democrats also plan to undermine or slow down the confirmation hearing of Andrew Puzder, a restaurant executive set to serve as Secretary of Labor. Steve Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs partner set to serve as Secretary of the Treasury, and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, Trump’s nominee to head the EPA, will also be targeted by Democrats.
“President-elect Trump is attempting to fill his rigged cabinet with nominees that would break key campaign promises and have made billions off the industries they’d be tasked with regulating,” Schumer said in a statement Sunday.
“Any attempt by Republicans to have a series of rushed, truncated hearings before Inauguration Day and before the Congress and public have adequate information on all of them is something Democrats will vehemently resist. If Republicans think they can quickly jam through a whole slate of nominees without a fair hearing process, they’re sorely mistaken.”
Absent from the Democratic hit list are South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, whom Trump nominated to serve as ambassador to the United Nations; retired Marine General James Mattis, Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Defense; and John Kelly, a former Marine whom Trump has chosen to lead the Department of Homeland Security.
Senate confirmation hearings are scheduled to start next week, when the Foreign Relations Committee is scheduled to hold a one-day, two part hearing with Tillerson, and the Judiciary Committee is set to hold 2 days of hearings with Senator Jeff Sessions.