Senator Jeff Flake is planning a parting shot at President Donald Trump and his own party as he sides with Democrats before leaving office.
The outgoing Arizona senator tweeted Thursday that he would be joining his friend, Democrat Senator Chris Coons of Delaware, to introduce legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller.
“After the firing of The AG, it is more important than ever to protect the Special Counsel,” the vocal Trump critic tweeted, referring to the ouster of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week which prompted renewed speculation that the president intends to stop the Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russian interference.
When the Senate convenes next week, @ChrisCoons and I will ask for unanimous consent to bring S.2644, the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act, to a vote on the Senate floor. After the firing of The AG, it is more important than ever to protect the Special Counsel.
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) November 8, 2018
“Leader McConnell should bring the bill to the Senate floor as soon as possible,” Flake had tweeted a day earlier, explaining the proposed legislation.
Earlier this year, we passed S.2644, the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act, out of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill would safeguard Robert Mueller’s investigation. Leader McConnell should bring the bill to the Senate floor as soon as possible
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) November 7, 2018
Matthew Whitaker, who as Acting Attorney General temporarily replaced Sessions, has been openly critical of Mueller’s probe which he now has the authority to oversee.
Trump and Flake have not been on the best of terms as the senator has clashed with the president before.
“I retired him. I’m very proud of it, I did the country a great service,” the president said about Flake at a press conference on Wednesday. “He is retired. I’d like to call it another word, but we’re gonna treat him with great respect.
Efforts to pass a bill like what Flake is proposing have failed in the past and the legilsation’s future is unceratin given the GOP majority in the Senate. However, Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine believes Trump should stay out of Mueller’s way.
It is imperative that the Administration not impede the Mueller investigation. I’m concerned Rod Rosenstein will no longer be overseeing the probe. Special Counsel Mueller must be allowed to complete his work without interference—regardless of who is AG.
— Sen. Susan Collins (@SenatorCollins) November 7, 2018
“It is imperative that the Administration not impede the Mueller investigation. I’m concerned Rod Rosenstein will no longer be overseeing the probe. Special Counsel Mueller must be allowed to complete his work without interference—regardless of who is AG.” she tweeted Wednesday.
Reaction to Flake’s plan to bring the bill to the floor for a vote was met with a lukewarm response on twitter as most agreed it is past time for the supposed Republican to leave.
And then Flake will promptly vote against it!😤
— Betsy, Vote Blue November 6th To Save America!🇺🇸 (@erichards24) November 8, 2018
Ya he has just a few weeks left to at least try to repair his reputation as a flake.
— Denny Signore (@DennySignore) November 9, 2018
What’s the odds of him even doing it. He has truly embodied his name. #JeffFlake is a flake.
— pearlstoliveby (@Lyndablooms) November 9, 2018
Jeff Flake is a phony like his last name who talks the talk but does not walk the walk! Flake will be remembered for only one thing, his hypocritical and phony patriotism spouted when it suited him and his “wimp-outs” when it came time to vote his conscience! A rotten Repub!👎
— CorgidorSmile (@Stratman49) November 9, 2018
Just go away you have done nothing for us in AZ! We don’t need you to make a last stand
— Tara Gorton (@tara_gorton) November 9, 2018
ROFL … this is nothing more than a grandstander to show that he can “do” something … @JeffFlake knows perfectly well that @senatemajldr will NEVER let it on the floor and he’s also “asking” for unanimous consent … like that’s going to happen … SMH
— Aminnidar (@aminnidar) November 8, 2018
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