Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin hesitant on some Donald Trump Cabinet nominees – Chicago Tribune

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says he knows Elaine Chao, President-elect Donald Trump‘s nominee to be secretary of transportation, and is likely to support her confirmation. He’s also heard good things about retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, Trump’s pick for secretary of defense.

But in general, the senior senator from Illinois, who is second-in-command of Senate Democrats, said in an interview Friday that he finds the Trump Cabinet nominees seeking confirmation to be “a complex group” who are “very rich.”

When Chicago native Penny Pritzker, who is a billionaire, was being confirmed as President Barack Obama‘s commerce secretary, Durbin said, “It took six months to clear her financial background information before she could be seriously considered for the job.

“Well, there are a handful or more of people in the same category in the Trump list of nominees, so this is a complicated situation. They certainly should not be disqualified because of their wealth, nor should they be given a free ride because of their wealth. But we have to look at each candidate honestly and determine if there is any conflict of interest.”

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