The United States Department of Justice Criminal Division is a federal agency of the United States Department of Justice that develops, enforces, and supervises the application of all federal criminal laws in the United States, except those specifically assigned to other divisions. Criminal Division attorneys prosecute many nationally significant cases and formulate and implement criminal enforcement policy. Division attorneys also provide advice and guidance to the Attorney General of the United States, the United States Congress, and the White House on matters of criminal law.
The Criminal Division is headed by an Assistant Attorney General, appointed by the President of the United States. President Trump has formally nominated Brian Benczkowski to be Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division, but he has not been confirmed by the Senate due to concerns about his ties to Alfa-Bank. The current Acting Assistant Attorney General is John P. Cronan.
The Criminal Division is headed by an Assistant Attorney General, who is a political appointee. The Assistant Attorney General is assisted by six Deputy Assistant Attorneys General, who are career attorneys, who each oversee a Branch of the Division. Each of the Branches consist of various sections, offices and units.