The South Asian Times

19 June 2018 04:38 AM

Indian-American in running for key Justice Department post


Washington, DC: A prominent Indian-American woman attorney is in the running for leading the civil rights division of the US Department of Justice, a media report said.

Harmeet Dhillon is a successful trial lawyer in California and the first woman and Indian-American to represent her state in the Republican Party.

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, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, reported Los Angeles Times on Thursday.

A series of hate crimes have also taken place in the weeks since President Donald Trump's election.

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

Dhillon has been the public face of the state GOP in recent years. The largest stage for her was at the Republican National Convention last year, when she delivered an invocation by singing a Sikh prayer.

Update: 20 March, 2017