Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) said earlier today that he will obstruct every single one of President Trump’s judicial nominations until legislation protecting special counsel Robert Mueller receives a vote in the chamber.
“I have informed the majority leader 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 confirmation on the Senate floor until … [the bill] is brought to the full Senate for a vote,” Flake said while giving an address on the Senate floor as reported by The Hill.
Flake’s obstructionist tactics will prevent the Judiciary Committee from approving judicial nominations and referring them to the full chamber without assistance from Senate Democrats. Republicans hold a narrow 11-10 majority on the panel and votes usually happen along party lines. This gives Flake serious leverage to put the screws to Trump.
On the Senate floor, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has a little bit more wiggle room to work with when wielding power. With a 51-49 majority, Flake would need one fellow Republican turncoat to join him and all the Democrats to block a judicial nominee from being approved on the Senate floor.
Flake’s decision comes after McConnell blocked the spineless, retiring coward from bringing legislation to protect Mueller from being canned up for a vote before the Senate. In one of his last remaining moments serving in the chamber, the supposedly libertarian-leaning Senator is using his power to protect unaccountable federal bureaucrats.
The legislation would protect Mueller, or any other special counsel, in the event he is terminated, but the bill has stalled amid opposition from GOP leadership. The Republican leaders are realizing their job is to satisfy their constituents rather than media hacks and opposition figures, but apparently Flake missed that memo.
Flake’s legislation would codify Justice Department regulations that say only a senior department official can fire Mueller or another special counsel. The bill would also give the special counsel an “expedited review” of their firing. If a court determines that it wasn’t for “good cause,” the special counsel would be reinstated.
It might as well be called “The Deep State and Oligarchy Protection Act.” Flake is doing everything he can to ensure that he lands with a plush role in the mainstream media, or can rehabilitate his career by switching to the Democrats. But in his final desperate moves, Flake is only ensuring that he will be remembered alongside Benedict Arnold and other notorious American traitors and cowards. Let’s hope and pray he suffers their same fate when all is said and done!