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BREAKING NEWS ~ Bush picks appeals judge Chertoff for Homeland Security post

[JURIST] AP is reporting that President Bush has selected US Third Circuit Court of Appeals judge and former Assistant Attorney General Michael Chertoff [US DOJ resume, 2003] to be the new secretary of Homeland Security, according to officials speaking Tuesday. The President's previous nominee, former New York police commissioner Bernard Kerik, withdrew his name from consideration after revelations about non-payment of taxes for a domestic employee and problematic business connections.

10:49 AM ET - The White House has now posted online a transcript of remarks by President Bush and Judge Chertoff at this morning's nomination announcement ceremony.

5:40 PM ET - Additional materials on Chertoff online include his November 2001 Senate Judiciary Committee testimony on the Department of Justice response to September 11, an Alliance of Justice report compiled for his judicial confirmation hearings, a critical statement on Chertoff's judicial nomination by Senator Edward Kennedy and a more supportive statement by then Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Orrin Hatch.

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