Menendez Joins Call on Sec. of State Nominee Rex Tillerson to Recuse Himself from All Matters Related to ExxonMobil

Menendez Joins Call on Sec. of State Nominee Rex Tillerson to Recuse Himself from All Matters Related to ExxonMobil


WASHINGTON, DC –  As the Senate prepares to take its first full vote on the nomination of former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State, Senator Bob Menendez, senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined a letter calling on Tillerson to recuse himself from participating in any matter that could impact ExxonMobil for the entirety of his tenure, should he be confirmed. 

“In light of your four decades of employment at the company, your personal involvement in securing lucrative deals in Russia, and your previous outspoken opposition to policies such as sanctions that would directly impact ExxonMobil, it is difficult for a reasonable person to conclude that you could be an objective participant in decisions that would affect the company’s financial interests,” write the Senators in the letter to Mr. Tillerson. “The national security of the United States requites a Secretary of State whose impartiality is unambiguous.”

A copy of the letter can be found HERE.

The letter was led by Senator Edward Markey and signed also by Other senators signing the letter include Tom Udall, Richard Blumenthal, Jeff Merkley, Tammy Duckworth, Elizabeth Warren, Sheldon Whitehouse, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Tammy Baldwin.

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