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Flake Not Backing Down on Judges

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Senator Jeff Flake. Credit: Gage Skidmore

(From The Washington Examiner)

For the second time in two weeks, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, called off a planned meeting to advance more than two dozen Trump administration nominees because the panel would not have enough votes to favorably report them to the Senate floor.

Republicans hold a one-seat majority on the panel, but Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., said he won’t support any judicial nominations until GOP leaders allow a vote on legislation that would prevent President Trump from firing special counsel Robert Mueller, who is probing an alleged connection between the Trump 2016 campaign and Russians.

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