President Obama's pick to lead the sprawling Department of Homeland Security is a major Democratic donor who used to work with the president's 2008 campaign, leading one senator to call the choice "deeply concerning."
The president plans to nominate former Pentagon lawyer Jeh Johnson on Friday afternoon.
"It would appear that the president plans to nominate a loyalist and fundraiser to this post," Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., said in a statement. "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."
The White House touted Johnson's experience, as general counsel at the Defense Department during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. A White House official called Johnson "one the most highly qualified and respected national security leaders." He served during Obama's first term.
But his background, aside from being a trusted legal adviser helping oversee those two wars, is also that of a big-money Democratic donor.