Flake takes final parting shot at Trump, joins Dems with new bill to protect Mueller probe

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.

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“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.

“Leader McConnell should bring the bill to the Senate floor as soon as possible,” Flake had tweeted a day earlier, explaining the proposed legislation.

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.” 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.

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