A busy week of confirmation hearings begins with the Senate Judiciary Committee, where the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General will be under review. Several witnesses will testify on his behalf. Later in the afternoo, the Senate Homeland Security committee will hold confirmation hearings for Retired Marine General John Kelly President Elect Donald Trump's pick to lead the Department of Homeland Security. Kelly is a gold star father, his son was killed in an IED blast in Afghanistan in 2010. Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer is threatening to stall the nominations until there are full FBI background checks, ethics reviews and financial disclosures for all of the nominees. Meanwhile, members of the House Judiciary Committee are calling on the Department of Justice and the Office of Government Ethics to review concerns of nepotism and conflicts of interest arising from President-elect Donald Trump’s appointment of his son-in-law Jared Kushner as senior adviser to the president. Sen. Mitch McConnell says Democrats need to "grow up" and "get past' the election results.
President Obama will be delivering his "Farewell Adress" Tuesday night at McCormick Place in Chicago. The speech is expected to cover the changes in the country over the last eight years and offer “some thoughts on where we all go from here.” Michelle Obama and the Bidens will attend. Tickets were free, but some tickets have turned up on Craigslist for thousands of dollars, though its unknown is any sold at that price.
More details coming out about the plans 26-year-old Esteban Santiago had, before killing five people at the Fort Lauderdale Airport. FBI agents are investigating whether Santiago created a jihadist identity for himself several years ago under the name of Aashiq Hammad. ABC News has learned that Santiago may have had inital plans to go to New York, booking a one-way ticket byt then canceling. He made his first court appearance Monday in a red prison jumpsuit and shackles. He was assigned a public defender and found to be destitute. The next hearing is a week from Tuesday when continued detention will be decided.
A manhunt is still underway for a man who allegedly shot a police officer in the parking lot of a Walmart. Hundreds of officers from multiple police agencies are searching for the suspect, 41-year-old Markeith Loyd. Authorities say Master Sgt. Debra Clayton was shot after she approached Loyd outside the store Monday morning. He was wanted for questioning in the shooting death of his pregnant ex-girlfriend last month.
The CEO and other execs from Backpage.com, as well as the parents of three child trafficking victims, will testify to a Senate Homeland Security subcommittee about child sex trafficking on the site. A report prepared for the committee concludes Backpage was aware of the sex trafficking activity conducted there, and deliberately concealed the criminal nature of advertisements for that sort of thing by deleting certain words and phrases before publication. The report is expected to be released Monday afternoon.
DNI James Clapper, CIA Director Brennan, NSA Director Rogers, and FBI Director Comey will testify to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Russia’s intelligence activities.
SC CHURCH SHOOTING
Closing arguments in the penalty phase are set for this morning. The prosecution rested its case Monday after calling more than 20 witnesses. Dylann Roof, acting as his own lawyer, presented no defense. He faces the death penalty for the Charleston church massacre.
NORTH AMERICAN AUTO SHOW
Day two of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Ford’s chair will speak at a nearby event, and we could hear more product announcements.
Rivers continue rising in northern California and parts of Nevada, causing flooding and the threat of mudslides..four deaths there. More rain is in the forecast out West.
Either Alabama or Clemson will be crowned College Football National Champions. The two teams battled it out Monday night in Tampa.