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Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) told The Hill on Wednesday that Joe Biden has so far fallen short when it comes to appointing Black people to his Cabinet.

Why it matters: Clyburn, a Biden ally, played a crucial role in helping secure the president-elect's path to the White House during the Democratic primary. His endorsement was pivotal in reviving the former VP's campaign when it appeared to be flailing.

What he's saying: Clyburn expressed support for the selection of Linda Thomas-Greenfield, a Black diplomat who served in the Obama administration, to be ambassador to the United Nations. But Clyburn said that choice was not enough.

  • “From all I hear, Black people have been given fair consideration,” Clyburn said. “But there is only one Black woman so far."
  • "I want to see where the process leads to, what it produces," he added. "But so far it’s not good.”
  • An official with Biden's transition team told The Hill the diversity of the Cabinet "will be clear when our full slate of appointees and nominees is complete."

Clyburn listed some of his preferred choices to serve in the Biden administration:

  • For secretary of housing and urban development, he's hopeful Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown will be the pick.
  • For attorney general, Clyburn said he would like to see either California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) or former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates tapped for the role.

Go deeper: Biden transition names first Cabinet nominees

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GOP research firm aims to hobble Biden nominees

Alejandro Mayorkas. Photo: Joshua Roberts/AFP via Getty Images

The Republican-aligned opposition research group America Rising is doing all it can to prevent President Biden from seating his top Cabinet picks.

Why it matters: After former President Trump inhibited the transition, Biden is hoping the Republican minority in Congress will cooperate with getting his team in place. Biden hadn't even been sworn in when America Rising began blasting opposition research to reporters targeting Janet Yellen and Alejandro Mayorkas.

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Trump impeachment trial to start week of Feb. 8, Schumer says

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: The Washington Post via Getty

The Senate will begin former President Trump's impeachment trial the week of Feb. 8, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Friday on the Senate floor.

The state of play: Schumer announced the schedule after reaching an agreement with Republicans. The House will transmit the article of impeachment against the former president late Monday.