Susan Collins

Trump won by rejecting the political rules. Will the GOP Senate give him more leeway with Cabinet nominees?

Trump won by rejecting the political rules. Will the GOP Senate give him more leeway with Cabinet nominees?

President-elect Donald Trump won election by torching every rule in the political book, calling government officials “very, very stupid” and promising to hire the best people to fulfill “every dream you’ve ever dreamed.”

Now, as Trump assembles his governing team, he and the Republican-controlled Senate are facing their first test of what that means, and whether the old confirmation rules — where those serving the president are subject to intense scrutiny over past comments, deeds and potential conflicts of interest — still apply.

Republican senators already have begun to debate how much leeway to give Trump, and which, if...

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