Jeff Flake has once again stabbed Trump in the back, potentially forcing a halt on judicial nominations if he doesn’t have his way. CNBC reports:
Sen. Jeff Flake said Wednesday that he will refuse to vote on dozens of President Donald Trump‘s judicial nominees until a bill protecting special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe comes to a vote in the Senate.
The Arizona Republican, who did not seek re-election and will retire at the end of his term, made the announcement on the Senate floor minutes after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., objected to his attempt to bring up the bill.
“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 the final sentence of the speech, referring to the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act.
“This bill is designed to do one thing: protect the integrity of the Special Counsel’s investigation, and spare it of any interference from the executive branch, including from those who may themselves be subjects of the investigation,” Flake said.
The law itself will not protect Mueller from firing, as he is a member of the Executive branch and not a branch on to himself. However, this pettiness from Flake comes at a time when Republicans need to move judicial nominations forward.