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Newly confirmed Homeland Security No. 2 is still under investigation

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Alejandro Mayorkas, President Obama's nominee to become deputy secretary of the Homeland Security Department, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 25, 2013, before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on his nomination. Mayorkas strongly denied allegations that he had helped a politically connected company obtain a foreign investor visa, as his nomination got a White House vote of confidence. Credit: AP

But thanks to Democrats' new anti-filibuster rules, Alejandro Mayorkas sailed through confirmation despite serious questions.

The Washington Times reports:

Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, the ranking Republican on the Senate Homeland Security Committee, told colleagues he was stunned they were going ahead with the vote.

He said he’d had analysts research the record and they couldn’t find any instances where a nominee under active investigation had been confirmed.

“It’s never been done before,” he said.

Mr. Coburn said if the review, which he said could take a few more months, cleared Mr. Mayorkas then he should easily be confirmed.

The Oklahoma senator also said President Obama was being hypocritical by continuing to push Mr. Mayorkas’s nomination, saying that when he was Sen. Obama he objected to moving ahead with one of President George W. Bush’s nominees while that person was under investigation.

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