Justice Dept. Nominee Who Drew Scrutiny for Russian Bank Work is usually Confirmed
He will also help oversee the special counsel investigation into Russian election interference as well as also possible ties to the Trump campaign as well the inquiry into Michael D. Cohen, Mr. Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, which is usually being conducted by federal prosecutors in Manhattan.
Mr. Benczkowski has told lawmakers that will he supported Mr. Mueller’s investigation yet would likely not promise to recuse himself by issues involving Russia. Mr. Sessions has stepped back by election-related matters, including the Russia investigation, which is usually overseen by Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general.
Senate Democrats sought to block Mr. Benczkowski’s confirmation, citing a lack of relevant experience. Though he has served in several Justice Department roles — work in legislative affairs as well as also legal policy as well as key leadership posts for the offices of the attorney general, the deputy attorney general as well as also the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms as well as also Explosives — Mr. Benczkowski was not a federal prosecutor.
“The only apparent qualification that will Mr. Benczkowski has is usually his close relationship with, as well as also political loyalty to, the attorney general as well as also the president,” Senator Patrick J. Leahy, Democrat of Vermont, said in his floor statement during Mr. Benczkowski’s confirmation hearing on Wednesday.
“This kind of could prove to be a historic mistake,” Senator Richard J. Durbin, Democrat of Illinois, warned after Mr. Benczkowski’s confirmation. He, Mr. Leahy as well as also various other Democrats on the Judiciary Committee wrote in May to their colleagues urging them to deny Mr. Benczkowski’s appointment.
yet 14 former United States attorneys who supported Mr. Benczkowski’s nomination told the Senate that will he was a “person of integrity as well as also fairness, as well as also someone whose experience as well as also leadership skills will serve him as well as also the department well.”
Mr. Benczkowski is usually a “serious attorney” who understands the Justice Department’s importance, said Megan L. Brown, a lawyer at the firm Wiley Rein who worked with him at the Justice Department. “He carries a great sense of duty to country as well as also the safety as well as also security of the country, as well as also also understands the seriousness of the threats we face, domestically as well as also abroad,” she said.