Homeland Security nominee denies improper behavior

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Associated Press

Posted on July 25, 2013 at 5:36 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 25 at 12:34 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's choice to be the No. 2 official at the Homeland Security Department is denying allegations that he helped a politically connected company obtain a foreign investor visa.

Alejandro Mayorkas, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, told a congressional committee Thursday that allegations against him are "unequivocally false" and that he has overseen the visa program "based on the law and the facts and nothing else."

Mayorkas' nomination hit a snag this week when The Associated Press reported the Homeland Security Inspector General's Office was investigating his role in helping secure a foreign investor visa for Gulf Coast Funds Management, a company run by former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's brother Tony Rodham.

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