Protesters interrupt Rex Tillerson's Senate confirmation hearing as Secretary of State. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Protesters interrupt the Senate confirmation hearing of Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State Wednesday (January 11). The former chairman of Exxon Mobil is expected to face tough questioning at the hearing over his ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin as both Democrats and Republicans worry about Moscow's increasingly aggressive behavior. The central question facing Tillerson, 64, the former chairman of Exxon Mobil, is how effectively he can transform himself from a Big Oil "dealmaker" to being America's top diplomat with little government experience. According to excerpts from his opening statement released before the hearing, Tillerson will say that Russia poses a danger and NATO allies are right to be alarmed at a resurgent Moscow. He will argue, however, that Russia's resurgence happened in the "absence of American leadership" and will call for open and frank dialogue with Moscow.