Cabinet nominees have sat for a combined 30 practice hearings in a mock hearing room the transition team constructed in their offices just minutes from the White House.
There, in a space designed to resemble the cavernous committee hearing rooms on Capitol Hill, Trump’s Cabinet picks have spent more than 70 hours answering hundreds of questions from volunteers posing as senators in intense sessions known as “murder boards.”
But all of the nominees have prepared for four lines of inquiry: questions on issues of jurisdiction, parochial home-state concerns, Trump’s proposed policies, and their own positions and experiences.
They’ve also held more than 300 meetings on Capitol Hill with both Republican and Democratic senators.
Democrats have targeted eight of Trump’s nominees, calling for greater financial and personal disclosures, as well as additional hearings ahead of confirmation. While there’s little they can do in the minority to prevent Trump’s picks from moving forward, they could drag out the confirmation process on the Senate floor for weeks following Trump’s inauguration.
Republicans are confident that Trump’s nominees will be cleared through the Senate with support from both parties.
Incoming Trump White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Trump has an “unbelievable group of all-star nominees," and said they will all be confirmed with support from Republicans and Democrats.