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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.


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