California Republican leader under consideration for key Department of Justice post

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Harmeet Dhillon, a California GOP leader, is under consideration to run the civil rights branch of the U.S. Department of Justice.

The post will be heavily scrutinized given the Trump administration’s positions on issues such as voting rights, and because of past controversial statements about race made by the department’s leader, U.S. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions. A series of hate crimes have also taken place in the weeks since Trump’s election.

Dhillon declined comment, but a source said she was interviewed for the job last week in Washington, D.C.

A San Francisco attorney who is California’s Republican National Committeewoman, Dhillon has been the public face of the state GOP in recent years. The largest stage was at the Republican National Convention last summer, when the Indian-born American citizen delivered an invocation by singing a Sikh prayer in Punjabi.

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