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Senator on DHS Nominee: 'President Plans to Nominate a Loyalist and Fundraiser to this Post'

6:14 PM, Oct 17, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
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The president will "nominate former Pentagon attorney Jeh Johnson as the next secretary of homeland security," USA Today reports. "Johnson, general counsel for the Defense Department during Obama's first term, will be introduced by the president at a ceremony on Friday."

Already, at least one U.S. senator is already voicing strong opposition to this appointment.

"DHS is the most mismanaged department in the federal government," Senator Sessions will say in a statement that'll be released soon. "Department policies have collapse enforcement and destroyed the morale of our officers. ICE officers even filed a federal lawsuit against DHS in an effort to regain their ability to enforce the law. It would appear that the President plans to nominate a loyalist and fundraiser to this post. This is deeply concerning. This huge department must have a proven manager with strong relevant law enforcement experience, recognized independence and integrity, who can restore this department to its full capability."

Sessions, as his statement suggests, is most interested in the Obama appointee's positions on enforcing immigration laws already on the books.

Johnson, if confirmed, would replace retired Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano. 

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