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Warren Says Trump’s Pentagon Nominee Must ‘Clear Any Ethics Cloud’

  • Broader recusal from Raytheon deals sought by the senator
  • Presidential candidate serves on panel holding hearing Tuesday
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Mark Esper, President Donald Trump’s nominee for defense secretary, must do more “to clear any ethics cloud” from his seven years as Raytheon Co.’s top lobbyist, according to Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Warren, a Democratic presidential contender and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee that will hold a confirmation hearing with Esper on Tuesday, set out her concerns in a four-page letter obtained by Bloomberg News. While offering some praise for the Army secretary who has been serving as acting defense chief, Warren said a “cordial” meeting last week proved disappointing.