COUNTDOWN TO INAUGURATION DAY (Jan. 20, 2017): 9 DAYS
President-elect Trump is scheduled to host a news conference at 11 a.m. You can follow our live coverage by clicking here.
Congressional hearings continue today on Trump’s Cabinet nominees. Scheduled to appear before the Senate: Rex Tillerson (Secretary of State), Mike Pompeo (CIA Director) and Elaine Chao (Secretary of Labor).
Hearings began Tuesday for two other nominees, Jeff Sessions (Attorney General) and John Kelly (Secretary of Homeland Security), who both went before Senate committees. Sessions told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he believes torture, including waterboarding, is illegal and that he does not support a general ban on Muslims entering the country. Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general, said he accepted with “high confidence” U.S. intelligence reports concluding that the Russians attempted to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.
Today, in an unprecedented action, U.S. Sen. Corey Booker, D-N.J., is slated to testify against Sessions. It could mark the first time a sitting U.S. Senator testifies against the Cabinet nomination of another U.S. Senator.
Amid the the hearings, CNN reported that top U.S. intelligence officials are investigating claims that Trump has been “compromised,” meaning that Russians allegedly have damaging “personal and financial” information about the president-elect.
In other news, Trump announced David Shulkin is his pick for Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA). Shulkin is currently VA undersecretary.
And, is Hillary Clinton mulling a run for the New York City mayor? She has not said no.
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Appointments and nominations made by the Donald Trump administration
WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF: Reince Priebus
CHIEF STRATEGIST AND SENIOR COUNSELOR: Stephen K. Bannon
SECRETARY OF STATE: Rex Tillerson
SECRETARY OF TREASURY: Steve Mnuchin
SECRETARY OF DEFENSE: James Mattis
ATTORNEY GENERAL: Jeff Sessions
SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR: Ryan Zinke
SECRETARY OF COMMERCE: Wilbur Ross
SECRETARY OF LABOR: Andrew Puzder
SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES: Tom Price
SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT: Ben Carson
SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION: Elaine Chao
SECRETARY OF ENERGY: Rick Perry
SECRETARY OF EDUCATION: Betsy DeVos
SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS: David Shulkin
SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY: John Kelly
NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER: Michael T. Flynn
EPA ADMINISTRATOR: Scott Pruitt
CIA DIRECTOR: Mike Pompeo
UN AMBASSADOR: Nikki Haley
SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION HEAD: Linda McMahon
Senior White House leadership team, listed on Donald Trump’s official presidential transition website: Vice President-Elect Mike Pence as team chair, with Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Newt Gingrich, Michael T. Flynn, Rudy Giuliani, Jeff Sessions as vice chairs. The following have also been announced as joining the team’s executive committee: Lou Barletta, Marsha Blackburn, Pam Bondi (currently Florida’s Attorney General), Chris Collins, Jared Kushner, Tom Marino, Rebekah Mercer, Steven Mnuchin, Devin Nunes, Anthony Scaramucci, Peter Thiel, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, and Ivanka Trump.
POSITIONS THAT REMAIN TO BE FILLED: Secretary of Agriculture.