01/07/2017 06:03 EST | Updated 01/08/2018 00:12 EST

Several Trump picks' ethics reviews incomplete

WASHINGTON — The government's ethics office says several of President-elect Donald Trump's Cabinet choices haven't completed a review to avoid conflicts of interest — even as Senate Republicans move quickly to hold at least nine confirmation hearings next week.

The director of the Office of Government Ethics has written Senate leaders to express concern about the lack of ethics reviews just days before those hearings.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of Walter Shaub's letter.

Republicans are intent on getting as many of Trump's picks through the arduous confirmation process as quickly as possible, so his team will be in place soon after he takes office on Jan. 20.

Democrats have complained that the GOP is moving too fast and that they lack information about some of the wealthy nominees.