Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley again scrapped a meeting to advance more than two dozen judicial nominations as outgoing Sen. Jeff Flake, R-AZ refused to support any nominations until he gets a vote on legislation to protect Robert Mueller’s investigation.
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.
Flake is not backing down, he told the Washington Examiner, and plans to oppose the judges until either his retirement at the end of the year or until the Senate votes on the Mueller resolution.
“Until we have a vote, and I hope we have a vote, as soon as we have a vote then we can move forward on judges,” Flake told the Washington Examiner. “Until then, I’ll hold to my position.”