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Some Trump nominees missing crucial ethics paperwork as confirmation hearings begin

PBS NewsHour

JUDY WOODRUFF: The last day has seen a rise in both concern over and defense of President-elect Trump's Cabinet nominees after news that some of them have not completed ethics reviews. LISA DESJARDINS: The president-elect walked out of Trump Tower with a business leader, Jack Ma of the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, but his words were about politics and his Cabinet nominees. DONALD TRUMP (R), President-Elect: I think they will all pass. LISA DESJARDINS: That after Trump met with a key ally, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who dismissed concerns about vetting. MITCH MCCONNELL, Majority Leader: Yes, everybody will be properly vetted, as they have been in the past, and I'm hopeful that we will get up to six or seven picks of the national security team in place on day one.


Ethics agency has 'great concern' about Trump nominees' schedule, lack of information

PBS NewsHour

President-elect Donald Trump delivered brief remarks to reporters at the Mar-a-lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida in December. The independent Office of Government Ethics is expressing "great concern" that several of President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet nominees have not yet completed the required ethics review process or even filed any financial information but face confirmation hearings in the next week. The concerns came in a Friday letter from Walter Shaub, the director of the Office of Government Ethics, who was responding to questions from top Democrats in the Senate. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released the letter Saturday. "The announced hearing schedule for several nominees who have not completed the ethics review process is of great concern to me," Shaub wrote.


Tillerson ethics plan foreshadows knotty Trump Cabinet confirmations

The Japan Times

WASHINGTON – Rex Tillerson's disclosure that he stands to receive a $180 million cash payout from Exxon Mobil Corp. if he becomes the next U.S. secretary of state offers a preview of the thorny ethical questions that may be raised this week over a presidential Cabinet stacked with wealthy tycoons. And with confirmation hearings scheduled for Tillerson and eight other appointees of President-elect Donald Trump, the head of the federal office that helps ensure compliance with conflict-of-interest rules told lawmakers his agency is hard-pressed by too much work and too little time. Tillerson ironed out an agreement with the State Department under which Exxon would pay the cash into an independent trust for him, a move designed to separate his financial interests from the oil company that he led as chairman and CEO until he stepped down Jan. 1. Some compensation specialists question whether Exxon departed from its official compensation policies to extend its former leader a special arrangement; the company says it hasn't. Regardless, Tillerson's ethics filing last week foreshadows the complexity that will attend a busy week of hearings.


Tillerson ethics plan foreshadows knotty Trump Cabinet confirmations

The Japan Times

Rex Tillerson's disclosure that he stands to receive a $180 million cash payout from Exxon Mobil Corp. if he becomes the next U.S. secretary of state offers a preview of the thorny ethical questions that may be raised this week over a presidential Cabinet stacked with wealthy tycoons. And with confirmation hearings scheduled for Tillerson and eight other appointees of President-elect Donald Trump, the head of the federal office that helps ensure compliance with conflict-of-interest rules told lawmakers his agency is hard-pressed by too much work and too little time. Tillerson ironed out an agreement with the State Department under which Exxon would pay the cash into an independent trust for him, a move designed to separate his financial interests from the oil company that he led as chairman and chief executive officer until he stepped down Jan. 1. Some compensation specialists question whether Exxon departed from its official compensation policies to extend its former leader a special arrangement; the company says it hasn't. Regardless, Tillerson's ethics filing last week foreshadows the complexity that will attend a busy week of hearings.


Ethics Commission Co-Chairs Ask for Confirmation Hearing

U.S. News

Commission co-chairs David Halbrooks and Katie McCallum on Thursday told Fitzgerald that the panel stands behind Bell and asked for a public hearing on his confirmation. Fitzgerald has threatened to call a vote to reject Bell's confirmation, a move Fitzgerald says would force him out.