Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell demanded complete ethics reviews and background checks for President Obama’s cabinet picks in 2009, but is giving Donald Trump a pass in 2017, by rushing confirmation hearings without the necessary information. Um, hypocrite.
“They’ve made pretty clear they intend to slow down and resist and that doesn’t provide a lot of incentive or demonstrate good faith to negotiate changes. So I think we’re going to just be plowing ahead,” Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) told Politico.
During an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union, McConnell said Democrats need to “grow up” and get “past the results of the election” because they lost the election.
In 2009, McConnell sent then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) a letter in which he demanded that “financial disclosures must be complete” before any confirmation hearings would be scheduled. The letter was posted on Twitter on Sunday by Citizens for Responsible Ethics in Washington co-founder and former Obama administration ethics adviser Norm Eisen.
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
In the letter McConnell wrote that the Republican Party’s duty is to “conduct the appropriate review” of nominees, “consistent with the long standing and best practices of committees, regardless of which party is in the majority.”
He added, “These best practices serve the Senate well and we will insist on their fair and consistent application.” He said the financial disclosure process and the ethics reviews were essential “to fairly review a nominee’s record and to make an informed decision prior to a vote.”
Um, in 2017, Mitch McConnell doesn’t really care so much. He also slammed Democrats for threatening to hold up Trump’s nominees to fill the Supreme Court vacancy despite gleefully holding up President Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland.
Senate Democrats, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, are blasting their Republican colleagues for allowing Trump’s cabinet picks to slow-walk full disclosures for vetting. The nonpartisan Office of Government Ethics director Walter Shaub also sounded the alarm in a letter to Sen. Chuck Schumer and Warren saying that his office has not heard from the Trump transition team.
Contact Mitch McConnell at (202) 224-2541 Fax: (202) 224-2499 and tell him not to rush hearings but follow his own directive in 2009.