Outgoing GOP Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona is blocking votes on all of President Donald Trump’s appeals court nominees to secure concessions from Republican leaders on tariffs and Cuban travel restrictions.
Flake, a Trump antagonist who is not seeking reelection amid floundering popularity with Arizona Republicans, has not openly addressed the matter, though his seat on a closely divided Senate Judiciary Committee gives him significant leverage over judgeships.
Roll Call first reported that Flake halted a committee vote on Georgia Supreme Court Justice Britt Grant’s nomination to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the federal appeals court based in Atlanta. CNN confirmed late Wednesday that the senator will block all appeals court nominees to prompt discussions on relations with Cuba and the president’s escalating trade war with much of the industrial world.
Flake is one of 11 Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which issues recommendations on judicial nominees before a final confirmation vote. The GOP has a one-vote majority on the panel, making Flake’s cooperation essential if Republicans wish to process candidates.
Read more at the Daily Caller.
Be glad for the November to be over.
Thank goodness he will not be in office much longer. Too bad about the damage he can do till then.
This is a case where one or more of the committee should take Flake outback and “explain” things to him.
Jeff Flake is damaging the whole country terribly to serve his little ego. Flake is disgusting. Very glad he is leaving.
Notice his last name? Appropriate, isn’t it?
Flake needs to be put on ice and put to one side so this obstructionist won’t interfere with progress of this country. Flake needs to resign!
what a “blivet:” Arizona please remember this POS and say “never again” >>>
The solution is simple McConnell needs to take him off the committee and replace him with someone with a brain.
He is done in politics. What a scoundrel
Or in the alternative some Democrat could remember that the country is more important than the party.
Or in the alternative some Democrat on the panel could remember that the country is more important than the party.
If Flake is obstructing the process, the Senate Majority Leader needs to remove him from the committee. Excuse me, that would take balls and McConnell clearly has none.
Empeach Flake now, don’t wait for the elections.
This would be a good time to replace RINO Ryan as well