Elizabeth Warren Defies Trump, Refuses To Confirm Cabinet Picks Until They’re Fully Vetted

It’s bad enough that Donald Trump’s cabinet picks are a looming disaster of white rage, conflicts of interest, and “small government” nihilists. Now, it looks like they may cause a constitutional crisis as well.

As it turns out, the president elect’s transition team is trying to ram his nominees through the GOP-controlled Senate without giving them a thorough vetting first. That’s right. The confirmation hearings are just days away, and the president-elect’s transition team hasn’t even bothered to run the required background checks for this rogues gallery in the making.

No wonder Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Ma.) took to Twitter to demand, “Cabinet officials must put our country’s interests before their own.” She adds that no confirmation hearings “should be held until we’re certain that’s the case.”

The GOP never stops howling about how corrupt our federal government is, and Donald Trump vowed to “drain the swamp” on the campaign trail. Now he’s filling his cabinet with alligators and not even bothering to check if they’re the kind of alligators they say they are.

Still, you’d think the soon-to-be president and his fellow Republicans would at least go through the motions of choosing and vetting people who at least seem honest, competent, and not quite so eager to destroy the departments they’ll be leading.

Of course, as Newt Gingrich admitted on NPR’s Morning Edition, Donald Trump only said he’d “drain the swamp” to win votes.

On Friday, Senate leaders received a strongly-worded letter from Walter Shaub, the head of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE). The lucky recipients included Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

In the letter, Shaub questioned the timing for the hearings and outright accused Senate Republicans of trying to “jam through the nominees.”

‘During this presidential transition, not all of the nominees presently scheduled for hearings have completed the ethics review process. In fact, OGE has not received even initial draft financial disclosure reports for some of the nominees scheduled for hearings.’

In response, Sen. Chuck Schumer fumed:

‘The Office of Government Ethics letter makes crystal clear that the transition team’s collusion with Senate Republicans to jam through these cabinet nominees before they’ve been thoroughly vetted is unprecedented.’