Sen. Chris Coons released a statement July 9 on Brian Benczkowski, who has been nominated by President Donald Trump to serve as the assistant attorney general for the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division.

“In the midst of an ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, I’m deeply concerned by the nomination of Brian Benczkowski to serve as the assistant attorney general for the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division. Given his lack of relevant experience and ties to a Russian bank, I’m confident that Mr. Benczkowski is not the nominee our country needs at this critical moment,” said Coons.

“Every American should expect that the person nominated for this important position is qualified to meet the weighty demands of the job, and every American is entitled to the assurance that the Department of Justice is entirely independent and impartial. Mr. Benczkowski does not pass this test. I encourage the administration to send us qualified, capable nominees without concerning Russia connections,” said Coons.