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Flake Burns 21 Conservative Judicial Nominees To Protect Mueller

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The Senate Judiciary Committee cancelled votes on 21 of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees scheduled for Thursday after outgoing Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona vowed to oppose them.

Flake, who is a member of the Judiciary Committee, pledged earlier this month that he would not support any nominees going forward until his bill shielding special counsel Robert Mueller from being removed by Trump or the attorney general received a full Senate vote.

“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 …  S.2644 (the ‘Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act’) is brought to the full Senate for a vote,” Flake said on the Senate floor.

On Wednesday, Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah rose in opposition to Flake’s bill being brought to the Senate floor by unanimous consent, which would bypass the requirement for it to be scheduled by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

McConnell blocked Flake’s attempt to bring his bill to a full vote before Thanksgiving.

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McConnell said that there was no need for Flake’s legislation because there was “no danger” of Trump ending the probe.

“I don’t think any legislation is necessary,” he said. “We know how the president feels about the Mueller investigation, but he’s never said he wants to shut it down.”

In light of Flake’s refusal to support Trump’s nominees, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley announced the cancellation of a meeting scheduled for Thursday during which the senators were slated to consider six nominees to the federal circuit courts and 15 federal district courts around the country.

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The Judiciary Committee is made up of 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats, so Flake siding with the Democrats would mean all 21 nominees before the committee would receive negative referrals to the full Senate.

The more than 30 nominees who have already passed out of committee can be confirmed, but it would require Vice President Mike Pence to break the tie, assuming all remaining GOP senators vote to confirm and all Democratic senators and Flake vote against confirmation.

Flake joined with Democrats on Wednesday to filibuster judicial nominee Thomas Farr to serve on the federal bench for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Pence stepped in to break the 50-50 tie in the procedural vote, allowing a confirmation vote to be tentatively scheduled for next week.

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee tweeted in response to Flake’s stance that the senator “is a selfish narcissist who would stop one of the few things he actually could do for his country.”

Huckabee added, “His hate of @realDonaldTrump exceeds his sense of duty. His proposal is unconstitutional anyway. Good riddance! Go hide in an elevator!”

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 2,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Birthplace
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Nationality
American
Honors/Awards
Graduated dean's list from West Point
Education
United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
Books Written
We Hold These Truths
Professional Memberships
Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars
Location
Phoenix, Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Politics, Entertainment, Faith




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