Jan. 9, 2017
Get the Rundown on Trump Nominees – Their Corporate Ties, Conflicts of Interest, More
Hearings on President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees are scheduled to start this week. His selections – which include billionaires, Goldman Sachs executives and other top industry brass – will make this the most corporate Cabinet in modern history.
Public Citizen has resources – including reports and statements – to help you, and experts to help explain them (including Public Citizen’s president, Robert Weissman; Lisa Gilbert, director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division; and Craig Holman, legislative representative and ethics expert).
All our information about nominees is available at CorporateCabinet.org and www.citizen.org/trump. Here are some highlights:
Rex Tillerson: Trump’s selection for secretary of state is unacceptable. The Exxon Mobil CEO would blur the line between diplomacy, national interests and corporate interests.
U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.): His failure to combat corporate crime and wrongdoing as a top law enforcement officer casts serious doubt on whether Trump’s attorney general nominee would be tough on corporate crime if confirmed.
U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.): Public Citizen has called for an investigation into his extensive stock trading to determine whether he violated rules relating to conflicts of interest and insider trading.
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt: Pruitt is a terrible choice for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) because he is cozy with the oil and gas industry and has treated the EPA like an enemy.