Jul 10 2018 07:38 PM
- The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.
- Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #639, Brian Allen Benczkowski, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Attorney General, post-cloture.
- At 12:00 p.m., the Senate will proceed to legislative session and the chair will lay before the Senate the House message accompanying H.R. 5895, the minibus appropriations bill. The majority leader or his designee will then offer a compound motion to go to conference with respect to H.R. 5895, the minibus appropriations bill, and the Senate will immediately VOTE on the compound motion.
- If the compound motion is agreed to, Senators Cassidy and Corker will be recognized to offer motions to instruct conferees with respect to the House message accompanying H.R. 5895, the minibus appropriations bill. The Senate will then VOTE on the motions in the order listed.
- At 2:00 p.m., the Senate will VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #639, Brian Allen Benczkowski, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Attorney General.
- Note: on Thursday, June 28, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #686, Paul C. Ney, of Tennessee, to be Counsel of the Department of Defense.
Senator Whitehouse: (6:36 p.m.)
- Spoke on the nomination of Brian Benczkowski to be an Assistant Attorney General.
- "The so-called Mueller investigation, though it has expanded beyond Bob Mueller into several other parts of the Department of Justice. How would this fast one work exactly? Well, we'll be voting tomorrow to install a Trump ally and nominee, a longtime political operative with ties to a Russian bank and to the recused Attorney General Jeff Sessions into one of the most powerful posts at the Department of Justice, a position that just so happens to have significant supervisory control over Special Counsel Mueller's investigation and the Southern District of New York criminal investigation into Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen. What could possibly go wrong?"