Even after what happened in Helsinki on Monday, the gutless, spineless, self-serving Republican senators continue to stand behind their treasonous traitor-in-chief. Today the Senate voted 51-48 to confirm Brian Benczkowski to lead the Justice Department’s criminal division on a near party-line vote. Only one Democrat, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, voted to confirm Benczkowski.
Benczkowski’s nomination was controversial because of his work as an attorney representing Alfa Bank, a Russian bank that first caught the attention of the FBI in 2016 when a group of computer scientists raised concerns about internet records showing that Alfa Bank servers repeatedly looked up the unique internet address of a Trump Organization computer server in the U.S.
Benczkowski was also a former lead staffer to Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the Senate and a Trump transition official. He said that he would not recuse himself from matters involving the ongoing Mueller probe despite that not doing so would be a glaring conflict of interest.
Democrats strongly opposed the nomination because of his Russian ties and because Benczkowski does not have enough experience in federal courtrooms to run the DOJ’s criminal division. But since when does Trump care if his nominees have any relevant experience for the positions to which he’s nominated them?
Sadly, the beat goes on. Does anyone need any more proof that the Republicans in Congress put party over country?