Dems rip Trump DOJ nominee who represented Russian bank

Source: The Hill | July 11, 2018 | Brett Samuels

Senate Democrats are pushing back against President Trump’s nominee for assistant attorney general, citing concerns over his past work for a Russian bank.

A number of Democrats issued statements on Tuesday raising red flags about the nomination of Brian Benczkowski to lead Department of Justice’s criminal division. They cited his lack of prosecutorial experience, as well as his ties to a Russian bank.

The New York Times first reported last year that Benczkowski told lawmakers he previously represented Alfa Bank, one of Russia’s largest financial institutions. The owners of Alfa Bank have ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) knocked Benczkowski for his lack of experience in addition to his job history, calling him the “wrong person” for the assistant attorney general job.

“Will Senate Republicans simply rubber stamp this nomination? The Benczkowski vote could mark a pivotal moment in the Russia investigation,” Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, tweeted.

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