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LIVE VIDEO: Rex Tillerson’s Confirmation Hearing

The hearing starts on 9AM Eastern. The Guardian reports on what to expect:

Rex Tillerson was a surprise pick for secretary of state, having had no previous government experience. He worked for more than 41 years for just one company, ExxonMobil, the last 10 years as chairman and chief executive officer. He emerged as an outside candidate only in the last few days of Donald Trump’s search for someone to fill the role of the country’s top diplomat.

That background, his actions and decisions while running ExxonMobil, will be the focus of scrutiny before the Senate foreign relations committee on Wednesday. Earlier this week USA Today reported that a European subsidiary of ExxonMobil did business with Iran, Syria and Sudan when Tillerson was chief executive and when the three countries were under US sanctions as state sponsors of terrorism.

As ExxonMobil CEO, Tillerson also had extensive dealings with Vladimir Putin and one of his top lieutenants, Igor Sechin, a former intelligence officer now chairman of a state-owned oil company, Rosneft. In 2013, the Texas oil man was awarded Russia’s Medal of Friendship. Those links make him vulnerable at a time of deep apprehension among several leading Republicans that a Trump administration will be soft on Moscow.

  • MBear

    swamp thing

    • Todd20036

      You make my heart sing….

      • anne marie in philly

        you make everything…groovy…

  • Tiger Quinn

    It must be difficult to find suits when you ooze that much.

  • BobSF_94117

    His suit costs more than the combined wages of everyone in the front row.

  • Silver Badger

    Another russian plant. The pissant does have some “lovely” friends. Do you suppose they shower together to conserve piss?

  • crewman

    Does anyone remember way back when Mobile had nondiscrimination policies protecting gays (in the 1990s), and when Exxon bought Mobile, there was hope that Exxon would use that as an opportunity to also add non-discrimination policies, but instead they removed them from Mobile. For decades, Exxon/ExxonMobile has stood against the strong current of support and fairness corporate America has extended to LGBTs.

    • BobSF_94117

      I hope someone asks that, especially give the leading role the U.S. State Dept has had in promoting safety for LGBT people around the world.

      • Frostbite

        Oh don’t worry, under this new regime the State department won’t be promoting that any longer. Thanks Trump!

        • Menergy

          certainly not if Tony Perkkkins has any sway with the incoming cabinet and “Precedent”

    • j.martindale

      And they have been in the forefront of the anti-environmental faction, lying for years about climate change in order to keep their profits from burning dirty fuels.

    • Bared Bear

      I remember. I still won’t use Exxon… I haven’t since the Valdez days, actually.

  • Gustav2

    Mr Tillerson, do the Russians have photos of you engaging in water sports? Any other compromising photos?

    How can you be sure? We all know you have slept in many, many Russian beds.

    • Todd20036

      Honestly, he’s sexier than trump. Yes I realize the bar is set so low, it’d have to be all you can drink before I’d watch the video

    • Acronym Jim

      “Mr. Tillerson, have you ever stayed in the Presidential Suite at the Ritz Carlton, Moscow? Did you wonder about the odor of urine?”

  • MBear

    shifty

  • Michael R

    NO NO NO DO NOT CONFIRM !!!
    DANGER !!!
    EVIL !!!

    https://s27.postimg.org/c10yuxm2b/lis_robot.jpg

  • Gustav2

    Mr Tillerson, how can we be assured you will be a loyal American when you went around the US government’s sanctions?

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    Posted yesterday, but worth repeating:

    “On January 1, Rex Tillerson retired from oil giant Exxon Mobil after 41 years, the last 10 as CEO and chairman of the board. When he appears in January before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee to be considered for U.S. Secretary of State, Exxon Mobil will be preparing to appear before a jury at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, just blocks away. There, the company will face allegations that security forces under its employ engaged in serious human rights abuses, including murder, torture, sexual violence, kidnapping, battery, assault, burning, arbitrary arrest, detention and false imprisonment. The complaint specifically names Rex Tillerson.

    Among the plaintiffs, all of whom use aliases out of fear for their lives, is “John Doe II.” According to the complaint, in August 2000, soldiers working for Exxon Mobil beat and tortured him “using electricity all over his body, includ[ing] his genitals.” After approximately three months, the “soldiers took off his blindfold, took him outside the building where he had been detained and showed him a pit where there was a large pile of human heads. The soldiers threatened to kill him and add his head to the pile.” He was ultimately released, only to have the soldiers return later to burn down his house.”

    http://inthesetimes.com/featur

  • Bared Bear

    Draining the swamp and filling it with turds.

    • Silver Badger

      Intelligent people know that our wetlands and fragile and necessary for a healthy environment. Republicans call them swamps and drain them for financial gain regardless of the harm caused.

      • Silver Badger

        PS: They had to drain the DC wetlands before building. Look at the harm THAT’S caused!

    • greenmanTN

      He’s hiring alligators and calls it draining the swamp. He saving the cottonmouth snakes for policy positions.

    • Prixator

      Turning an ecosystem into a sewage system.

  • greenmanTN

    So killing Harry Potter’s parents wasn’t deemed important enough to include in his bio?

  • MBear

    softball

    • Bared Bear

      to a slimeball

  • Sam_Handwich

    i think Cory Booker testifies against Sessions this morning, too.

    there’s a reason they are ramming all these charlatans through this quickly

    • Silver Badger

      Awwwww…Piss on ’em.

      • MBear

        I hear they like that

        • Silver Badger

          It’s all over the internets.

        • MBear

          Sorry…sorry…too easy. I mean, what I *meant* to say, you know how when sports teams celebrate by dousing each other with champagne when they win a big sportsball thing?

          Yeah.
          That.

          But with piss.

  • Blake J Butler

    We are gong to be here most of the day so I’m just going to give my opinion of Rex Tillerson and call it a day with him.

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  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    The guy behind him doesn’t blink very often.

  • Sam_Handwich

    and what time is this alleged Trump presser happening today?

    • ScottinPhilly

      11 am Eastern

    • Silver Badger

      As you are talking about the election thief, I hope you meant to say pisser.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    You can check out but you can never leave

  • Halou

    Looks like Brezhnev.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Is the guy behind tiller having breakfast ?

    • Sam_Handwich

      yes

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        I don’t approve of that at all.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    TillersIn seems bored / annoyed

    • Halou

      He has no interest in what he’s being told about international affairs, he’s just in it to sign that $500 billion oil deal with Russia and go back to company business.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    touch me ?

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Stop talking !!

    • BobSF_94117

      That’s not talking. That’s ass-kissing.

  • BobSF_94117

    Good lord, what a toady. Oh, it was Corker. Explains it all…

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    that dude is STILL eating !

  • xersnoyl

    Oh for god’s sake, suck-up, suck-up, suck-up!

  • Halou

    Is PornHub also streaming this? It sure as hell sounds like they’re doing some sort of fellatio.

    • BobSF_94117

      It’s all about wasting time and giving him less time to talk.

  • BobSF_94117

    Tillerson seems to be reacting to the criticism of Putin.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    still eating

  • Sam_Handwich

    cardin is well prepared

  • Paula

    He just used Radical Islam 3 times in the same sentence. I wonder what is on his mind? And he just said mooslims.

    • Halou

      He even manages to squeeze it into his comments on China. FFS. -_-

  • BobSF_94117

    Iran : bad
    Israel : good
    alliance with Russia
    all Obama’s fault

  • Paula

    I really hate when these repub shithead pretend to care about the rights of the Cuban people. They couldn’t care less about the rights of the Cuban people.

  • Andymac3

    Tillerson is not at all impressive. Comes across like a guy who hasn’t had a job interview in 30 years and was just handed promotions because of time served and ‘who you know’.

    Even Marco Rubio makes him look clueless.

  • BobSF_94117

    He’s lying. We do have a policy. We have been working to build an understanding with Russia and China and others about what will and will not be tolerated. The GOP has been mocking that process for years.

  • Paula

    Did Little Marco finally grow a set?

    • MusicBear88

      I’m impressed at Mr. Rubio’s tenacity.

      • Andymac3

        The pissing allegations against Trump has probably left a bad taste in his mouth after repeatedly getting called Little Marco.

  • BobSF_94117

    He’s shooting “save me, save me” attempts at eye contact.

  • Jimmy R

    Tillie looks close to losing it. His frown deepens, his face cracks. If this were the board of Exxon, he’d have thrown a snit and stormed out of the room already.

    He’s lost without a script.

  • BobSF_94117

    The Russians were mistreated after the fall of the Soviet Union. And which party led that effort at humiliation???

  • chris james

    Further proof that Trump knows nothing about government…Tillerson knows nothing about diplomacy and his tenure in the State Department will be a disaster. This is not a CEO job, the U.S. is not Exxon Mobil. The rest of the world will soon see this as a weakness. China, N.K., and the new Russian Mob have to be laughing.

  • BobSF_94117

    I guess it would be too hard to ask a member of the transition team WHY the team asked for the names of state dept workers who focus on women and gender issues…

  • The_Wretched

    I watched 30 seconds. Rex looks terrible. Frowny and looking all over like a liar does. Reality aside, the position at question here is Secretary of State – a diplomatic role. We need a head diplomat who doesn’t look shifty.

  • Strepsi

    “deep apprehension among several leading Republicans that a Trump administration will be soft on Moscow.” — way to UNDERSTATE, Guardian!

    The worry is that the President of the United States is actually a PUPPET of Moscow.

  • Jimmy R

    Marco, is it possible you might vote against his confirmation? That would be helpful.

    This pig’s “answers” on Cuba, Philippines, Saudi Arabia illustrate how completely unprepared he is for the gig. Not to mention one scary mother fucker.

  • JCF

    Wow: Exxon-Mobil’s *undrilled* assets in Russia is about ***5 times*** as large as in any other country…

    … undrilled because of…

    {drum-roll}

    [Obama’s] U.S. sanctions!!!!

    (hat-tip, Rachel Maddow).

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  • BudClark

    He looks like one MEAN mofo!