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People march in downtown Tucson, demanding an "ethical cabinet"

Posted at 10:21 PM, Jan 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-20 00:21:03-05

A group of around 20 people took to the streets of downtown Tucson, marching and chanting -- demanding an "ethical cabinet." Organizer of the demonstration Kevin Sharp said Indivisible -- the group they are a part of -- feels all of the appointees must undergo a complete and thorough ethics review.

"We want to make sure every one of these people have been fully ethically reviewed," he said. "And are truly serving the public interest."

Sharp explained he believes there are many potential ethics issues among the members President-elect Donald Trump has appointed. His biggest concern, "conflicts of financial interest."

"Investigations of where their ethical challenges will be and where they are now," Sharp said. "And what needs to happen to make sure again, when they are serving the public, they are truly serving the public."

Earlier in January, Walter Shaub, the director of the Office of Government Ethics, explained he feels they have been rushing through some of the reviews because of the hearing schedule.

"It has left some of the nominees with potentially unknown or unresolved ethics issues shortly before their scheduled hearings," Shaub said.

One of the demonstrators at the rally -- Patricia Grossman -- is uneasy with the speed at which these hearings have happened.

"He's trying to push this cabinet in place quickly, without them being examined carefully," she said.

Sharp explained he believes the incoming administration is putting pressure on senators to push past these ethical reviews. Two senators he thinks are doing their due diligence to make sure they happen? Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake -- and he hopes they will continue to do so.