January 13, 2017

Watch: Udall, Heinrich grill Trump appointees on climate change, torture, surveillance & Russia

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Sen. Tom Udall, Sen. Martin Heinrich

Both of New Mexico’s United States Senators are in a front-and-center role in the work to vet President-elect Trump’s nominees to head our country’s federal agencies.

Earlier this week, U.S. Senator Tom Udall pressed the former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson about his position on climate change and whether he will continue his relationship with ExxonMobil if he is confirmed as the nation’s top diplomat.

In the Senate Armed Services Committee, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) questioned President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Defense Retired General James Mattis.

Heinrich asked Mattis about the key threats to the security of the United States. Mattis replied, “I would consider the principle threats to start with Russia.”

From his post on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Heinrich also questioned Trump’s nominee to head the CIA on the intelligence community’s torture and government surveillance programs.

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