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The vetting of Trump’s $14-billion cabinet picks

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US President-elect Donald Trump(R) and Vice President-elect Mike Pence(2nd-R) leave the Lamington Presbyterian Church after Sunday services in Bedminster, New Jersey November 20, 2016. DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images

The cabinet President-Elect Donald Trump has assembled has been called the wealthiest in modern American history.

It includes billionaires like ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson (worth$2.5 billion) for Secretary of State, to Ben Carson (worth $29 million) for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

The combined net worth of Trump’s cabinet picks is about 5 times greater than President Obama’s Cabinet and 34 times greater than the one in place for the second term of George W. Bush’s presidency.

Vetting these individuals, particularly ones with complex business ties, might take some time, though. On Thursday, Senate Democrats said in a statement that they would not move forward with the confirmation process until all the nominees disclose certain financial information.

Guests:

Jennifer Steinhauer, Congressional reporter for the New York Times. Her latest piece looks at the financial vetting of some of Trump’s cabinet picks. She tweets from @jestei

David Lauter, Washington bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times, who has been covering the transition, including the combined net worth of Trump’s cabinet picks. He tweets from @DavidLauter

Timothy Naftali, Clinical Associate Professor of Public Service at NYU

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