Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenFederal Reserve officials' stock trading sparks ethics review Manchin keeps Washington guessing on what he wants Warren, Daines introduce bill honoring 13 killed in Kabul attack MORE on Saturday called for the Senate to not hold confirmation hearings for President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpOhio Republican who voted to impeach Trump says he won't seek reelection Youngkin breaks with Trump on whether Democrats will cheat in the Virginia governor's race Trump endorses challenger in Michigan AG race MORE's Cabinet picks until after the completion of an ethics screening.
"Cabinet officials must put our country's interests before their own. No [confirmation] hearings should be held until we’re certain that’s the case," the Massachusetts Democrat tweeted.
Cabinet officials must put our country's interests before their own. No conf hearings should be held until we’re certain that’s the case.— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) January 7, 2017
Warren responded to a letter from the Office of Government Ethics (OGE), an agency that is responsible for conducting ethics reviews of Cabinet nominees, which warned that the plan to hold confirmation hearings before the completion of ethics reviews is "of great concern."
"This is ridiculous," Warren tweeted, "[Trump's nominees] can’t drag their feet on ethics paperwork while their Senate friends try to run out the clock."
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
OGE Director Walter Shaub voiced his concerns about the premature confirmation hearings in a letter to Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBiden discusses agenda with Schumer, Pelosi ahead of pivotal week CEOs urge Congress to raise debt limit or risk 'avoidable crisis' If .5 trillion 'infrastructure' bill fails, it's bye-bye for an increasingly unpopular Biden MORE (D-N.Y.) and Warren on Saturday after the two lawmakers asked for a progress report on the ongoing ethics reviews.
Schumer also criticized the timing of the planned hearings while accusing GOP lawmakers of trying to "jam through" the nominees.
“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,” Schumer said in a statement Saturday.
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) also called for the hearings to be delayed until after the ethics reviews were finished.
"[I]f Trump and the GOP-led Senate fail to do so, the only reasonable conclusion to be drawn is that they are concerned about what will be exposed,” DNC spokeswoman Adrienne Watson said.
The Republicans are planning to hold hearings beginning Tuesday and Wednesday to confirm Trump's nominees.
Nominees slated to testify include former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, Trump's pick for secretary of State; Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsOvernight Hillicon Valley — Apple issues security update against spyware vulnerability Stanford professors ask DOJ to stop looking for Chinese spies at universities in US Overnight Energy & Environment — Democrats detail clean electricity program MORE (R-Ala.), Trump's pick for attorney general; and Betsy DeVos, Trump's pick for Education secretary.