Something’s missing: Senate confirmation hearings will proceed without nominee background checks

FILE - Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., calls for halt to confirmation hearings until cabinet nominees pass standard ethics and background checks. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) (Credit: AP)

According to the New York Times, Senate Republicans will begin a long series of confirmation hearings this week without actually completing background checks and ethics clearances of some cabinet nominees.

In a clear case of rushing to put Trump’s team in place, more than five appointees are expected to...

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