JEFF FLAKE IS MESSING WITH JUDICIAL CONFIRMATIONS AGAIN

Flake of Arizona will not vote to advance or confirm any judicial nominees until the Senate enacts legislation protecting special counsel ….

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Daily Caller: Outgoing GOP Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona will not vote to advance or confirm any judicial nominees until the Senate enacts legislation protecting special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. His announcement casts doubt upon the outcome of several dozen nominations Republicans hope to enact by year’s end.

“I have informed the Majority Leader that I will not vote to advance any of the 21 judicial nominees pending in the Judiciary Committee, or vote to confirm the 32 judges awaiting a confirmation vote on the floor, until S. 2644 is brought to the full Senate for a vote,” Flake said in a Wednesday floor speech, referring to the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act.

Though the Senate Republican caucus will grow when the new Congress is seated in January, for the moment they retain a tenuous 51-49 majority. With Flake’s announcement, the defection of one more Republican would defeat a nominee’s confirmation bid, provided all Democrats vote together.

Flake also sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is scheduled to advance 15 nominees to the Senate floor for final confirmation on Thursday. Republicans have an 11 to 10 majority on the panel. It’s not clear whether Flake will vote with Democrats and oppose the nominees, or will simply vote “present,” resulting in a tie.

Nominees do not need to prevail in the committee to win final confirmation. The panel’s vote is merely a recommendation as to how senators should proceed on the final vote.

Flake and Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware tried to bring legislation insulating Mueller to the floor on Wednesday, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked the maneuver. The majority leader has long said the bill is unnecessary, as President Donald Trump has not taken action moving against the special counsel. Earlier Wednesday, McConnell was re-elected as majority leader by acclamation.

The bill previously cleared the Judiciary Committee on a bipartisan basis.

Flake and other supporters of the Mueller inquiry fear the special counsel’s investigation has been compromised by Matthew Whitaker’s installation as acting attorney general. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was supervising the probe before now, but Whitaker’s appointment could place Mueller’s work within the ambit of a declared Trump loyalist.

The lame-duck senator nearly spiked Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court when he joined with Democrats and demanded an FBI investigation of Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations of sexual misconduct.

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4 Comments on JEFF FLAKE IS MESSING WITH JUDICIAL CONFIRMATIONS AGAIN

  1. well.
    like that TRAITOR McCain this ass hole will TRY AND SCREW UP THE REPUBLICANS TRYING TO SELECT GOOD JUDGES AND LEGISLATION THAT HELPS THE NATION AND WE THE PEOPLE before he leaves.
    JUST ANOTHER SCUMBAG FROM ARIZONA.

  2. Shirley Ann Manning // November 16, 2018 at 8:33 am // Reply

    Jeff Flake, the most worthless Senator that ever came from Arizona. A hater of our president, country and the state of Arizona because he went left. Hopefully he will keep going left and be despised more than he is now.

  3. The GOP sink lower and lower in the muck each day. We desperately need an honest and patriotic party. I don’t think it is possible to vote in honest politicians. Once they hit DC they are told how it’s going to be.

  4. Jeff “Flakey” Flake should be removed from ALL senate committees and told to get the hell out of town and change parties to DemocRAT where he belongs but they certainly don’t want him either!!! He only has a 12% approval rating in AZ, totally screwed over AZ voters of both parties, and was totally protected and told what to do by McShame. This guy Flake is the most totally ignorant, Jack wagon RINO in the Senate and needs to be gone ASAP!!!

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