On Wednesday, Jeff Flake, the Republican Senator who has been highly critical of the Trump administration, took to the Senate floor to announce that he will not be voting for any of Donald Trump’s judicial nominees until the Senate passes a law that will protect special counsel Robert Mueller and will allow him to conduct a full investigation.
Flake’s comments come as Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell announced that there shouldn’t be a law to protect Mueller.
“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.”
“The President now has this investigation in his sights, and we all know it,” Flake added.
“The President has said that he’s not going to move on the special counsel. But that’s not enough,” Flake said. “And perhaps that’s what gives comfort to the majority leader. … But it doesn’t give comfort to me.”
“That’s not an idle threat,” CNN host Jake Tapper said about Flake’s comments, noting that “if he votes against any of the 32 judges that come before the Senate floor, that makes it 50-50 and [Vice President] Mike Pence gets to be a tiebreaker.
“More importantly,” the host added, “the 21 judicial nominees who haven’t been reported out of committee — Republicans only have a one-vote advantage in that committee. If Jeff flake refuses to vote for any of them, that means they don’t get reported out of committee.”