Capitol Report: Democrats eye Icahn’s potential conflicts of interests| Senate poised to confirm Mnuchin as Treasury secretary Express News
Some Senate Democrats are worried about Carl Icahn’s potential conflicts of interest in his White House regulatory role, and are preparing to ask the White House about the subject in detail.
The New York Times writes Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and six other Senate Democrats will send a letter Monday to White House counsel Donald McGahn, seeking responses to a series of questions about Icahn’s official role. The senators, the Times says, will raise concerns Icahn will work to change regulations to benefit his own investments, and are seeking assurances Icahn doesn’t have access to nonpublic information that could be used to make profitable trades. Icahn is President Donald Trump’s special adviser on overhauling regulation.
Mnuchin on deck: The Senate is poised to confirm Steven Mnuchin as Treasury secretary late Monday, the Associated Press writes. Democrats have said the former banker failed to protect thousands of homeowners from unnecessary foreclosures, but Mnuchin, who headed OneWest Bank, says he worked hard to assist homeowners with refinancing so they could stay in their homes.
Flap over Flynn — and others: Politico writes President Trump is complaining to friends and allies about some of his most senior aides, which is leading to questions about whether he is considering an early staff shake-up. Trump has told several people he is displeased with national security adviser Michael Flynn over reports he had top-secret discussions with Russian officials before the inauguration. But Trump’s concern goes beyond Flynn, Politico writes, to press secretary Sean Spicer. And some who have talked with Trump have begun to wonder about Chief of Staff Reince Priebus’ future, Politico says.
Also read: Mike Flynn may be losing support in White House.
‘Legislative hell’: Budget watcher Stan Collender writes in Forbes that the Republicans’ strategy for repealing Obamacare and enacting sweeping tax reform is going south. The plan was to use the so-called reconciliation process for both. But he says what has yet to occur may bring the whole plan to a screeching halt.