Washington– The Senate is holding verification hearings for five of President-elect Joe Bidens Cabinet nominees on Tuesday, as Democrats rush to authorize crucial officials not long after Mr. Bidens becomes president on Wednesday.Senators reconvened for the very first time because Mr. Trump was impeached for a second time. They are holding verification hearings for 5 vital nominees: Janet Yellen at Treasury, Antony Blinken at State, Lloyd Austin at Defense, Alejandro Mayorkas at Homeland Security and Avril Haines as director of nationwide intelligence.Mr. Biden is planning to arrive in Washington on Tuesday afternoon, and go to an event honoring victims of COVID-19 at the Lincoln Memorial in the evening.The hearings come on President Trumps last full day in workplace. He is expected to provide 100 pardons or commutations in the last hours of his president, a senior administration official and a senior White House authorities told CBS News.Its not yet understood who Mr. Trump intends on pardoning, although one source stated the president isnt expected to pardon himself. Mr. Trump stayed out of the public eye on Monday, while first lady Melania Trump provided a goodbye video. She did not directly reference the January 6 assault on the Capitol, however did say, “Be enthusiastic in whatever you do, however constantly keep in mind that violence is never the response and will never ever be warranted.” In a break with custom, Melania Trump did not give a tour to inbound very first woman Jill Biden, and the Trumps will be the very first president and first girl to skip the inbound presidents inauguration in more than 150 years.Security is tight ahead of Wednesdays inauguration. The Pentagon has authorized more than 25,000 National Guard troops to secure the occasion, and the FBI is vetting all Guard members. The chief of the National Guard bureau Daniel Hokanson told CBS News David Martin he is “never” stressed over the dependability of his troops. With the military focused on securing the inauguration, Mr. Trump will not get the big military honors he desired for his send-off. He rather will have a scaled-back send-off at 8 a.m. Wednesday prior to he heads to Mar-a-Lago.
The White House is seen from a riser on Lafayette Park on January 18, 2021 in Washington, D.C.
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