President Donald Trump’s pick to be the next general counsel for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence was grilled Wednesday over recent Department of Justice actions, including the presence of federal law enforcement in Portland, Oregon.
Patrick Hovakimian, an associate deputy attorney general at the Justice Department and chief of staff to Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, was the highest-ranking DOJ official to appear before Congress in recent weeks. Senators pressed him on topics that have implicated the Justice Department, in a preview of the questions Attorney General William Barr is likely to be asked when he appears before the House Judiciary Committee for the first time next week.
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