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Wed Jul 11, 2018, 02:35 PM

Senate confirms Trump DOJ nominee with ties to Russian bank [View all]

Source: The Hill

The Senate confirmed President Trump's nominee to lead the Justice Department's criminal division despite concerns about his tied to a bank that has come under scrutiny by the FBI.

Senators voted 51-48 to approve Brian Benczkowski to be an assistant attorney general. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) was the only Democratic senator to support the nomination.

Benczkowski was nominated more than a year ago, in June 2017. He was renominated in January after his nomination was bounced back to the White House at the end of last year. Benczkowski's nomination has stalled amid questions about his work at Alfa Bank, a Russian bank that has faced scrutiny in the federal investigation into 2016 election meddling.

Democrats have pounced on Benczkowski's nomination saying it's an attack on special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation as he probes Russian election interference and potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/396540-senate-confirms-trump-doj-nominee-with-ties-to-russian-bank?__twitter_impression=true

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