A total of seven confirmation hearings for President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks kicked off on the Hill this week. Meanwhile, a back-and-forth erupted between the parties over a student painting being taken down from the Cannon House Office Building.
Here is the entire week in photos:
Natalie Green, a sexual assault survivor from D.C., speaks outside Sessions’ Russell building office before delivering a poster containing the Justice Department’s definition of sexual assault on Monday. The women’s advocacy group UltraViolet organized the delivery to Sessions because he did not acknowledge that Trump’s statements about touching women constituted sexual assault. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson meets with Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., in the Capitol on Monday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Sessions holds one of his granddaughters before his confirmation hearing on Tuesday. Sens. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., left, and Susan Collins, R-Maine, prepare to introduce him. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Reps. Cedric Richmond, D-La., Alma Adams, D-N.C., William Lacy Clay, D-Mo., John Conyers, D-Mich., and Hank Johnson, D-Ga., speak in front of the painting by former Missouri high school student David Pulphus after it was rehung on Tuesday. For more details about the debate over the painting, click here. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Chairman Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., confer before the start of the Senate Select Intelligence Committee hearing on “Russian Intelligence Activities” on Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson arrives for his Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Secretary of Transportation nominee Elaine Chao gives her husband Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., a kiss after he introduced her during her Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee confirmation hearing on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Chairman Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., left, speaks with ranking member Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, D-Md., during secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson’s confirmation hearing in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., testifies against the nomination of Sessions for attorney general. Looking on are Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, Barbara Lee, D-Calif., and Khizr Khan, father Army Captain Humayun Khan who was killed in 2004 in Iraq. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Chairman Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., escorts Secretary of Defense nominee James Mattis to the room for his confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Trump's nominee to lead the Housing and Urban Development Department, Ben Carson, enters the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee offices before his confirmation hearing on Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Former Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan., talks with Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, during a recess in the confirmation hearing for Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., nominee for director of the Central Intelligence Agency on Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, nominee to be the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, gets a hug from Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., on the Senate subway on Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)