Finally, somebody draws a line in the sand.
Courtesy of CNN:
Retiring Republican Sen. Jeff Flake said Wednesday that he will not vote to confirm the Trump administration’s judicial nominees on the Senate floor or advance them in the Senate Judiciary Committee if legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller does not receive a Senate floor vote.
Flake made the new judicial threat after he and Sen. Chris Coons, a Delaware Democrat, unsuccessfully attempted to force a Senate vote on the special counsel legislation Wednesday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell objected to the request for a vote from Flake.
But the Arizona Republican’s threats on judicial nominees could complicate matters in the Judiciary Committee, where Republicans have an 11-10 majority. There are currently 21 judicial nominees pending in the committee and 32 who are awaiting a floor vote, Flake said.
“We have been told that the bill that Sen. Coons and I will move to bring up shortly is not necessary, as there have been no indications that the independence of Mr. Mueller’s investigation is in jeopardy,” Flake said. “That may have been an arguable position before last week. But it is not arguable anymore.”
Lindsey Graham has also said that he supports a vote to protect Mueller.
Courtesy of Yahoo News:
Republican U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham said on Tuesday he supported a bill that would protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller from any politically motivated firings and would urge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to allow a vote on it.
“I would certainly vote for it,” Graham told reporters of the bill, which he supported when it passed the Senate Judiciary in April.
“I don’t see any movement to get rid of Mueller. But it probably would be good to have this legislation in place just for the future,” he said.
You know I am really having a difficult time figuring Lindsey Graham out these days.
Sometimes he has his nose buries so far up Trump’s ass that you can barely see his ears, and other days he seems almost reasonable.
I feel kinds that way about Jeff Flake as well.
The guy spent his entire time in the Senate supporting truly terrible GOP policies one after the other, and then when Trump took office he suddenly did an about face and wants everybody to see how reasonable he has become.
Of COURSE there needs to be a bill to protect Robert Mueller and his investigation, and every single thing that Trump has done lately only goes to prove that.
I don’t think that Jeff Flake has the pull to force a vote on his own, but if Lindsey Graham and outliers like Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski join him then I think Mitch McConnell would have no choice.
Let’s see which Republican Senators have the ability to see the writing on the wall.