Roadblocks ahead for Trump nominees

January 09, 2017 05:14 PM

(NBC News) Controversy continues to swirl around President-elect Donald Trump's appointees. 

Senate hearings are set to start Tuesday for top cabinet appointees, without the usual background checks being complete.

"Many have vast holdings in stocks and very few have experience in government so they not been appropriately vetted," said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

A hearing will be held on Senator Jeff Sessions, Trump's pick to serve as Attorney General, on Tuesday.

The Alabama senator was rejected for a federal judgeship in 1986 after revelations he made racist remarks, and opponents of his nomination have been vocal. 

Mr. Trump is also naming a family member, trusted son-in-law Jared Kushner, to a top White House post.

Naming Kushner as a senior advisor will spark a separate fight. Federal law prohibits presidents from hiring family members, even in-laws, even if they dont get paid.

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