Democrats Make it Official—-Pruitt and 7 Other Trump Nominees are in Their Political Sights


If Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt didn’t know it last month, he knows now. He will officially be targeted by Democrats in the U.S. when confirmation hearings begin for him to become Donald Trump’s chief administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Democrats came out this week led by New York Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and accused Trump of trying to create a “rigged Cabinet” involving nominees who “have made billion off the industries they’d be tasked with regulating,” reported the Washington Post.

Schumer said his party will be specifically targeting 8 of the nominees, one of which is Pruitt.

“Any attempt by Republicans to have a series of rushed, truncated hearings before Inauguration Day and before the Congress and public have adequate information on all of them is something Democrats will vehemently resist,” said the Senator. “If Republicans thinks they can quickly jam through a whole slate of nominees without a fair hearing process, they’re sorely mistaken.”

Schumer wrote Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) asking for two days of hearings for each of the eight nominees including one panel made up of witnesses that can speak to the pick’s past record.

Joining Pruitt on the list of eight are Rex Tillerson, the nominee to be Secretary of State, Sen. Jeff Sessions, the nominee for Attorney General, Rep. Mick Mulvaney who was picked to lead the Office of Management and Budget, Betsy DeVos, chosen to serve as education secretary, Rep. Tom Price to run the Department of Health and Human Services, Andrew Puzder who was chosen to be labor secretary, and Steve Mnuchin picked for treasury secretary.