WASHINGTON (WKOW) – President Barack Obama will nominate a former Pentagon lawyer as the new Secretary of the Homeland Security Department on Friday.
A senior administration official says Obama chose Jeh Johnson because of his experience as a national security leader and his past as a military lawyer. Johnson has worked on several issues, including the end to the military's ‘Don't ask, don't tell,' policy for homosexual service members and charging military commissions to try terrorism suspects rather than using civilian courts.
Johnson will replace Janet Napolitano who stepped down in August to become the president of the University of California system.
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