Schumer says Trump nominees Mattis, Kelly will be confirmed Friday

Schumer says Trump nominees Mattis, Kelly will be confirmed Friday

In 2009, the Senate confirmed seven of President Barack Obama's nominees on the day he was inaugurated, and Hillary Clinton was confirmed as secretary of state a day later.

There have been 15 hearings for Trump nominees in the past two weeks.

"Every day there is a report of a major ethical lapse by this cabinet, the swamp cabinet", said Schumer. Schumer added that more votes were possible on less controversial nominees, but Democrats were still negotiating with GOP colleagues. Schumer drew specific attention to Rex Tillerson who is Trump's secretary of state pick and how his ties to Russian Federation must still be reviewed.

Republicans accuse Democrats of playing politics, using stalling tactics and overstating ethics concerns about some of Trump's selections.

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Schumer also hammered Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) who is Trump's HHS pick because of questions over whether Price violated the law when he purchased stocks of a health care company he later introduced legislation on. DeVos still has not handed hers in, even after getting a hearing.

"The more we learned about the nominees, the more important a thorough fair process became", Schumer said.

"Senators on both sides of the aisle have expressed support for the president-elect's key national security nominees", the New York Democrat told reporters at a news conference on Capitol Hill, saying there is bipartisan support to immediately hold confirmation votes for retired Gen. James Mattis, Trump's defense secretary nominee, and retired Gen. John Kelly, Trump's choice to head the Department of Homeland Security. He said "there are a good number of members" who want to make statements about Pompeo or ask him questions, but predicted a vote on Monday if it did not take place Friday.

Schumer said he was still in discussions with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on other nominees. "The views contradict each other, and many of them are far, far over, away from the American mainstream". "Senate Republicans did not want to have a full debate on the merits of these nominees in committee, but they should be prepared to do so on the floor of the United States Senate".