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).
- 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.
- Steven Mnuchin: If confirmed as Treasury secretary, Mnuchin would continue the tradition of former Goldman Sachs executives exercising a vice grip over economic policymaking in the United States.