Despite the fact that president-elect Donald Trump‘s cabinet nominees haven’t been vetted for their potential conflicts of interest, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) signaled that he intends to push forward Senate hearings on their approval.
Appearing on Face the Nation this Sunday morning, McConnell said that lingering questions over Trump’s nominees’ backgrounds and financial dealings were simple “procedural complaints.”
McConnell dismissed calls from Democrats to fully vet the candidates before hearings begin.
“The Democrats are really frustrated that they lost the election,” McConnell told CBS host John Dickerson.
McConnell then harkened back to when the GOP was in a similar position.
“What did we do? We confirmed seven Cabinet appointments the day President Obama was sworn in. We didn’t like most of them, either. But he won the election,” McConnell said. “So all of these little procedural complaints are related to their frustration at having not only lost the White House, but having lost the Senate. I understand that. But we need to, sort of, grow up here and get past that.”
One of Trump’s nominees is McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao, who could potentially serve as the next administration’s transportation secretary.
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