- Robert Weissman says the confirmation hearing for Rex Tillerson should put Exxon's actions under a microscope
- Tillerson negotiated a deal with Russia that was upended by sanctions over Putin's invasion of Crimea, he notes
(CNN)Candidate Donald Trump's promise to "end the special interest monopoly" in Washington is already the stuff of "Saturday Night Live" parody. Unfortunately, the nomination of ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be secretary of state is no laughing matter, more a tragedy than comedy in the making. This is precisely why members of the Senate Foreign Services Committee should treat his hearing this week as a public trial rather than a mere formality.