Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing to be the U.S. attorney general.

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing to be the U.S. attorney general.

President-elect Donald Trump’s press conference Wednesday got a lot of attention, but there have been plenty of fireworks in the Senate, where confirmation hearings for Trump’s cabinet appointments continue.

Attorney General-designate Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary-designate John Kelly were questioned Tuesday and Wednesday. Rex Tillerson, the nominee for Secretary of State was questioned Wednesday, and is slated to return to the Senate Thursday. Still to come this week are hearings for the following nominees:

Mike Pompeo: CIA Director
Elaine Chao: Secretary of Transportation
Ben Carson: Secretary of Housing
Wilbur Ross: Secretary of Commerce

What’s ahead in a hearing schedule that has already drawn tense inter-party questioning and costumed protesters?

Guests

  • Ron Elving Senior editor and correspondent with NPR.
  • Molly Reynolds Fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution.
  • David Sanger National security correspondent, The New York Times; author, "Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power."

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