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DHS pick to face panel's questions

on July 25, 2013 10:30 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s pick to be the No. 2 official at the Homeland Security Department faces tough questions from lawmakers today about an investigation into his role in helping a company, run by former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s brother, to secure a foreign investor visa.

Alejandro Mayorkas, who is director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, is testifying at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.

The nomination hit a snag Tuesday when The Associated Press first reported that Homeland Security Inspector General’s Office was investigating Mayorkas’ role in helping secure a foreign investor visa even after the application was denied and an appeal rejected.

At least one Republican on the Senate committee has called for the nomination to be put on hold.

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