Senator Jeff Flake refuses to vote on any more GOP judges until they vote to protect Robert Mueller.

By |2018-11-14T16:34:54+00:00November 15th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |12 Comments

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.

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12 Comments

  1. AnonymousCynic November 15, 2018 at 6:48 am

    Sadly, Flake’s resolve to “do the right thing” will only last as long as it takes McConnel to arrange for a lucrative post-Senate job offer in Gucci Gulch. Remember his grand gesture during the Kavanaugh hearing?

    • FEDUP!!! November 15, 2018 at 7:16 am

      Exactly! He really gives his name the meaning. He IS a FLAKE. He says one thing, and then does another.
      I for one will not hold my breath on him being true to his word.

    • Beaglemom November 15, 2018 at 2:49 pm

      I’m not holding my breathe either. Both Flake and Graham will get all flustered and then vote with the party. That’s what these cowards always do.

  2. 32 Pages November 15, 2018 at 7:25 am

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/11/trump-appointed-judge-utterly-crushes-russian-firm-trying-squirm-mueller-election-indictment/

    Concord’s attorneys had argued that the charges should be dismissed because there is “no such crime” as “interfer[ing] in a U.S. election.”
    “Count I of the indictment—the sole count against Concord—charges that Concord and others ‘knowingly and intentionally conspired to defraud the United States by impairing, obstructing, and defeating the lawful functions of the Federal Election Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Department of State in administering federal requirements for disclosure of foreign involvement in certain domestic activities,’”

    https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/5130114/Concord-Management-20181115.pdf

  3. ANON November 15, 2018 at 7:31 am

    POTUS: He’s heading this whole big thing, he’s not Senate confirmed.

    Trump admitted in his usual weird circular way that the Whitaker installation isn’t Senate approved, which means that it is unconstitutional and illegal. Just like in the Lester Holt interview, Trump couldn’t help himself. He just had to tell the world that Matthew Whitaker was chosen to shut down Robert Mueller’s investigation.

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/11/15/trump-whitaker-mueller.html

    https://dailycaller.com/2018/11/14/transcript-trump-daily-caller-interview/

  4. Rolex November 15, 2018 at 7:37 am

    @AnonymousCynic

    EXACTLY!!!

  5. AK Lynne November 15, 2018 at 7:38 am

    Too bad Flake didn’t develop a backbone sooner.

    • Anonymous November 17, 2018 at 8:39 pm

      What makes you think he has one now? He’s showboating.

  6. Rolex November 15, 2018 at 7:41 am

    @FEDUP

    His name should be crap; he’s so full of it.

  7. Junebug November 15, 2018 at 9:24 am

    Flake is almost as bad as Trump. Much of what he says is self-serving aggrandizing and NOT because he gives a hoot about doing what’s right. Lindsey needs to just sit down and shut up. I’m tired of his inconsistent yammering too. I wish the press would stop giving these power-hungry losers a platform. Cover people who actually can and will make a difference. Oh, and call these liars to the carpet, like this guy does:

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hasan-mehdi-trump-lies-steven-rogers_us_5becac19e4b0dbb7ea66ee74

  8. Anonymous November 15, 2018 at 11:44 am

    the good nazi versus the bad ones. old story new era.

  9. Anonymous November 17, 2018 at 8:32 pm

    Flip Flop Flake?

    He said he wouldn’t support Kavanaugh if he lied, but he did.

    Wasn’t he against the tax bill, then flipped for it?

    Fuck Flake. He’ll never be president.

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