Senate to vote on Trump national security cabinet picks Friday

January 19, 2017The lawmaker's remark comes after confirmation hearings where Democrats have clashed with several of Trump's nominees.

"I don't know if any of these cabinet picks will be defeated", Schumer said.

However, Democrats balked at what they described as efforts by Republicans, who hold a 52-seat majority in the 100-seat Senate, to jam through nominations before Trump's selections had filed all of their financial and ethics paperwork or answered every question submitted during the confirmation process.

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The problem, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told reporters Thursday, is that Trump is trying to pick a "swamp cabinet" that is loaded with rich people carrying trunk loads of complicated ethical baggage.

Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway on Wednesday criticized Democrats, accusing them of "trying to embarrass" and humiliate the nominees.

But Schumer insisted that Democrats flagged eight or nine nominees early on as some who would need to be subjected to tough hearings due to their wealth, complicated finances, or positions that Democrats find unacceptable. But he got 13 more confirmed his second day in office.

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And debate is expected to begin on the nomination of Mike Pompeo - a Republican congressman from Kansas - to head the Central Intelligence Agency. Other Trump nominees who are facing questions on Wednesday include commerce secretary pick Wilbur Ross, Environmental Protection Agency advisor pick Scott Pruitt, and United Nations ambassador pick Nikki Haley. 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.

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

While Democrats want more debate about those nominees, they have found Trump's national security team to be among the least controversial of the president-elect's choices, Schumer said. A rules change in the Senate made it so that all of Trump's nominees will only need a simple majority to be approved.

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