The latest Cabinet picks by President-elect Donald Trump, including the CEO of Exxon Mobil for Secretary of State, could portend lengthy confirmation hearings and fiery bluster in the Senate - from both sides of the aisle.
For now, as reported by the Associated Press, three Republican senators have publicly voiced concerns about the Rex Tillerson nomination to State: Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Marco Rubio of Florida. However, considering the highly partisan choices for other appointments, such as Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General, it is possible that Democrats on the Hill will have to choose their battles.
Which nominations could Democrats vote down with the help of some Republican colleagues? Which appointments should Democrats give easier passes to, if any?
Burgess Everett, POLITICO congressional reporter who’s been reporting on this angle
Todd Ruger, Legal Affairs Staff Writer for CQ Roll Call; he’s been reporting on Senator Jeff Sessions’ nomination to be Attorney General