Alejandro Mayorkas was swiftly confirmed Friday to be the second-ranking official at the Department of Homeland Security, putting him in a powerful administration post as he faces a federal probe on whether he exercised improper influence in a foreign investor visa program.
The vote to confirm Mayorkas — the first in a small batch of nominations that the Senate will hold before leaving Washington for the year – was 54-41.
Democrats have insisted that Mayorkas was qualified for the position and that the investigation has yielded no evidence that Mayorkas – currently the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services – had committed any wrongdoing. He is facing questions on whether he improperly aided a company owned by the brother of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with foreign investor visas.
And Democrats were critical of the conduct of the former inspector general on the case, Charles Edwards, who said this week that he would step down from the job.