All of these little procedural complaints are related to their frustration....we need to sort of grow up here and get past that.
As Donald Trump's inauguration as president approaches, some Senate Democrats are concerned that his Cabinet picks will take office without having passed rigorous vetting by the Office of Government Ethics.
Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader, did not care for that.
In an interview on CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday, McConnell blasted Democrats for attempting to hold up the process.
Trump's Cabinet picks, largely consisting of millionaires and billionaires with sprawling empires like his, could potentially have financial conflicts of interest that could keep them from doing their jobs. The OGE said in some cases, it hasn't even gotten drafts of financial disclosure reports from nominees whose confirmation hearings are this week. McConnell retorted by saying he had to do the same in 2008 with "wildly liberal" picks.
Here's the full clip.
Mitch McConnell to Reid in 2009: nominee "financial disclosures must be complete... prior 2hearing being scheduled." pic.twitter.com/wxCfXTPS6g— Norm Eisen (@NormEisen) January 8, 2017
But in 2009, McConnell wrote "disclosures must be complete" before hearings.
This is ridiculous. @realDonaldTrump’s noms can’t drag their feet on ethics paperwork while their Senate friends try to run out the clock.— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) January 7, 2017
Sen. Elizabeth Warren was not pleased with the holdup.
Here's the OGE's response to a letter from Warren and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
1) Simultaneous hearings on cabinet nominees make it physically impossible for most of us, on multiple committees, to advise and consent.— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) January 8, 2017
Sen. Brian Schatz said logistics made rushed hearings even trickier.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.