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Press Secretary Josh Earnest accuses GOP of forming 'cheap suit' caucus. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

White House press secretary Josh Earnest accused Senate Republicans on Monday of “rubber-stamping” President-elect Trump’s Cabinet nominees, many of whom are still undergoing ethics reviews.

“It does appear now that Republicans in the Senate are forming their own ‘cheap suit’ caucus — they are folding and rubber-stamping the nominees of the incoming Trump administration,” Earnest told reporters.

“The Republicans in the Senate are failing in their effort to advise and consent,” he added.

Earnest claimed then-Sen. Obama “never asked for a nominee to get a hearing” until the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) had finished reviewing the candidate and ruled out potential conflicts of interests following his Cabinet appointments in 2008.

“The standard that the Obama administration lived up to was a standard of ensuring that the OGE ethics letter arrangement was complete before these individuals got a hearing before the United States Congress,” he said.

The Senate is expected to conduct nine confirmation hearings this week for seven of Trump’s Cabinet nominees. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told reporters Monday that he’s “hopeful we’ll get up to six or seven” nominees “in place on day one” of the next administration.

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