The Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general is investigating whether Mayorkas improperly helped foreign investors obtain U.S. visas through the EB-5 program, which provides green cards to foreign nationals in exchange for investments in projects that create American jobs.
Anthony Rodham, the brother of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, sought Mayorkas’s assistance on behalf of GreenTech Automotive, according to Wednesday’s article from the Post.
Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), who is not a member of the committee, sent a letter to Carper and Coburn on Wednesday saying whistleblowers had informed him that other federal agencies have raised national-security concerns about the EB-5 program, which Mayorkas oversees.
Grassley has released 40 pages of documents and national security questions about Mayorkas and the EB-5 program, according to the Post article.
The White House has stood behind its nominee despite the Republican concerns. Presidential counsel Kathryn Ruemmer wrote to Carper that the FBI had conducted a background check on Mayorkas and that the White House had also vetted him.
“We have no concerns about his suitability for this important position,” Ruemmler said in her letter, according to the Post article.
GreenTech Automotive was co-founded by Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McCauliffe (D), whose Republican opponent, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II, has attacked him for the company’s ties to the investigation.