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

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

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...

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