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Thu Jul 12, 2018, 08:05 AM

10. He worked to clear Alfa Bank

He worked for Jeff Sessions, he also fought to defend Alfa Bank against allegations that they had a server that was in communication with Trump's campaign


Mr. Benczkowski has scant prosecutorial experience, but he was a top aide to Attorney General Jeff Sessions when Mr. Sessions was a senator and he led the Justice Department transition team for the Trump administration. Before returning to Kirkland & Ellis in January, he had expressed interest in being appointed as a United States attorney, he acknowledged.

The F.B.I. scrutinized Alfa Bank last year after computer specialists detected an odd stream of data between a server linked to the Trump Organization and a bank server. But F.B.I. officials have said they concluded the data stream was not evidence of clandestine communications, and other experts argued that the data appeared to be related to marketing emails promoting Trump hotels.

Mr. Benczkowski said the bank hired Kirkland & Ellis after it detected additional odd data transmissions in February and March, and that he oversaw an American computer security company’s work analyzing that traffic. It also concluded that the recent data was not evidence of substantive contact between the bank and the Trump Organization.

Asked why he did not also have the firm look at data reaching back to last fall, Mr. Benczkowski disclosed that Alfa Bank had not retained its server traffic data from September to January because, he said, it was too voluminous.

“It seems like there is a gap there that is unexplored,” Mr. Franken said.

Mr. Benczkowski said he reviewed portions of the so-called Steele dossier, an unverified set of allegations about Mr. Trump and Russia compiled by a private investigator and published by BuzzFeed in January, to offer legal advice to the bank ahead of a defamation lawsuit against the new organization.

He also expressed support for the investigation by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, into the Trump-Russia affair. But he declined to promise to recuse himself from everything involving it, saying only that he would study the details and then decide

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