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Rubio Opposition to Tillerson May Trigger Rare Senate Move

If he votes no, will secretary of state nominee's name go to full Senate anyway?

(Newser) - When secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson testified before the Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday, he faced the toughest scrutiny from Marco Rubio. The pair had a a number of testy exchanges, with Rubio skeptical that the ExxonMobil chief would be as tough as he needed to be on Russia... More »

Rubio, Tillerson Clash Over Ties to Russia

Rubio pushes secretary of State candidate to call Putin a 'war criminal'

(Newser) - Sen. Marco Rubio and Rex Tillerson clashed over Russia during Wednesday's confirmation hearing for the would-be secretary of State. Tillerson, a former ExxonMobil CEO, has known Vladimir Putin personally for years, Politico reports. And Yahoo News notes he was even given the Order of Friendship by Putin. Rubio addressed... More »

Rex Tillerson Makes $240M Exit From Exxon

He'll sell stock, with value of deferred stock put in trust

(Newser) - Rex Tillerson will take a $180 million retirement deal and make a complete break from ExxonMobil if confirmed as secretary of state. In a deal announced Tuesday, Exxon says the former oil executive who resigned on Dec. 31 will sell his 611,000 shares of Exxon, worth about $55.5... More »

Leak Reveals Another Tillerson-Russia Tie

He headed Exxon's Russian subsidiary

(Newser) - Documents leaked to a German newspaper have revealed that Rex Tillerson has even stronger ties to Russia than first thought, the Guardian reports. The ExxonMobil CEO spent years as a director of Exxon Neftegas, Exxon's Russian subsidiary based in the Bahamas for tax purposes, according to corporate documents leaked... More »

Tillerson Wasn't Trump's Idea. The Source May Surprise

Robert Gates, Condoleezza Rice suggested him: reports

(Newser) - Donald Trump's pick for secretary of state wasn't exactly his—at least not initially. Just two weeks ago, Trump was torn in trying to choose from one of four leading contenders: Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney, Bob Corker, or David Petreaus. Then the name of Rex Tillerson surfaced. The... More »

Trump Picks Rex Tillerson, but Path Will Be Tricky

Secretary of state hearings likely to focus on Russia, conflicts of interest

(Newser) - Donald Trump confirmed Tuesday morning that Rex Tillerson is his pick to be secretary of state—but the ExxonMobil chief's path to confirmation is not expected to be an easy one. The Washington Post reports that some GOP senators may be unwilling to support Tillerson because of his ties... More »

Multiple Reports: Tillerson Is Pick for Secretary of State

Trump expected to name ExxonMobil chief his nominee on Tuesday

(Newser) - It's Tillerson: Multiple outlets were reporting Monday night that Donald Trump has settled on ExxonMobil chief Rex Tillerson to be his secretary of state. Among those reporting the news in advance of a formal announcement Tuesday were the New York Times , the Washington Post , the AP , and CNN . All... More »

Few Americans on Better Terms With Putin Than SecState Contender

Rex Tillerson under scrutiny for Moscow ties

(Newser) - The surprise news that ExxonMobil chief Rex Tillerson is the leading candidate to be secretary of state has led to a slew of stories about how he might transition from the business world to the diplomatic one. The 64-year-old has been at the company 41 years. A sampling:
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Trump Picks Exxon CEO for Sec of State: Reports

Rex Tillerson is now the expected nominee

(Newser) - NBC News , the Washington Post , and other outlets are reporting that Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson will be the next secretary of state. Two sources close to Donald Trump say the president-elect is going to nominate Tillerson, likely next week—though nothing is official until he does. Tillerson apparently... More »

Giuliani Pulls Out of Contention for Any Trump Cabinet Position

He was in the running for Secretary of State

(Newser) - You can whittle Donald Trump's long list of Secretary of State candidates down a bit: Rudy Giuliani has pulled his name out of contention, per Trump's transition team. "Rudy Giuliani is an extraordinarily talented and patriotic American. I will always be appreciative of his 24/7 dedication to... More »

Conway: Search for SecState Expanding

And might add Jon Huntsman to the list

(Newser) - Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani, Bob Corker, and David Petraeus: Donald Trump's shortlist for secretary of state is evidently not as short as previously thought, reports Politico . "It is true that he’s broadened the search," said Kellyanne Conway, who's made no secret of her personal contempt... More »

Trump Team Is Feuding Over Mitt Romney

Some question if he's loyal enough to be secretary of state

(Newser) - The debate over who should be Donald Trump's secretary of state has moved from behind closed doors to … Twitter. Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway took to Twitter on Thursday to discuss Mitt Romney, a candidate for the post, suggesting a vocal critic of Trump shouldn't be favored over... More »

Giuliani Paid by Iranian Exiles, Foreign Governments

And that could complicate his bid for secretary of state under Trump

(Newser) - America's mayor looks likely to be America's top diplomat, Donald Trump aides tell the New York Times , with Rudy Giuliani sitting pretty as the president-elect's top choice for secretary of state. The former NYC mayor would be what the Times calls a "startling choice" due to... More »

Sources Say Clinton Has a Job Lined Up for Joe Biden

He's rumored to be her pick for secretary of state

(Newser) - In a rearrangement of roles that would only be complete if President Obama became vice president, Hillary Clinton is rumored to be considering Joe Biden for her secretary of state if she becomes president. A source tells Politico that Clinton, who ran against both Obama and Biden for the Democratic... More »

Powell: Clinton 'Trying to Pin' Email Fiasco on Me

Says she was using private server long before he sent her a memo

(Newser) - Colin Powell thinks Hillary Clinton is trying to turn him into a scapegoat for her email trouble. The issue first made headlines Friday thanks to an account in the New York Times alleging that Powell had advised Clinton near the beginning of her tenure as secretary of state to use... More »

Source: Clinton Emails 'Didn't Contain Secrets'

She joins Sanders, O'Malley at SC forum

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders will be pleased to hear that the Hillary Clinton email saga may be finally nearing its end: A source tells Politico that intelligence agencies no longer believe that two emails sent from her private server contained classified information. "The initial determination was based on a flawed... More »

Historic Somalia Visit Constrained to Airport

John Kerry becomes first secretary of state to visit African nation

(Newser) - Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced trip to Somalia today, becoming the first top US diplomat to ever visit the country. It marked a show of solidarity with a government trying to defeat al-Shabab and end decades of war. Kerry arrived at Mogadishu's airport shortly before noon... More »

State: Clinton Emails Could Reveal Rule-Breaking

Ambassador was told off in 2012 for using personal email

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton didn't automatically break the rules by using a personal email account at the State Department, according to a senior department official—but it's possible that a review of the 55,000 pages of emails she now wants released to the public could uncover violations of security... More »

Clinton Addresses Email Brouhaha

Asks State to review, release communications from private account

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton's personal email account may soon head for the public domain after all. Following news that a House committee on Benghazi would subpoena her emails , the former secretary of state tweeted yesterday , "I want the public to see my email. I asked State to release them. They... More »

Clinton Also Used Her Own Email Server

AP digs into Internet records

(Newser) - Yesterday brought the news that Hillary Clinton exclusively used a personal email account—hdr22@clintonemail.com—during her time as secretary of state. Today comes a new wrinkle: the revelation that the computer server that handled her emails traces to an Internet service registered to her family's home in Chappaqua,... More »

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