|Sonny Perdue and his wife Mary introducing then Indiana |
Gov. Mike Pence in August in Perry, Ga.
(Macon Telegraph photo by Woody Marshall)
"The holdup appears to be with the FBI, which is conducting a comprehensive background check that’s customary for all Cabinet nominees, according to two Republican senators and a handful of aides in the Senate and administration," Hallerman writes. "Still unclear is what is causing the slowness or whether any red flags have been raised."
"Two transition officials and one White House aide not authorized to speak on the record insisted that nothing is wrong and that the delay has to do with Perdue being the last Cabinet nominee announced by the Trump administration, which put him at the back of the line as the feds screened other high-level picks," Hallerman writes. "The delay has led to frustration and some uneasiness on the part of Perdue’s allies, farm state lawmakers and Republican U.S. Rep. Pat Roberts of Kansas, the chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, who has underscored the need to quickly install a new agriculture head."