Federal Government

U.S. Senate Confirms Brian Benczkowski to Lead DOJ Criminal Division

By July 11, 2018

On July 11, the U.S. Senate narrowly confirmed Brian Benczkowski to be assistant attorney general of the Criminal Division at the Department of Justice (DOJ) in a 51-48 vote.

Pictured: Brian Benczkowski

Benczkowski is currently a partner at Kirkland & Ellis in Washington, D.C.

He was first nominated to be assistant attorney general over a year ago, and his nomination sparked controversy due to his ties to Alfa Bank, a Russian bank he represented briefly in 2017, and his lack of prosecutorial experience.

Benczkowski, who received a law degree from Washington University Law School in 1994, previously served as principal deputy assistant attorney general of the Office of Legislative Affairs during the George W. Bush administration; he also led the Justice Department’s transition after President Trump’s election.

Benczkowski’s confirmation ends an 18-month delay in which the Justice Department’s Criminal Division operated without a permanent leader.


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