Senator Jeff Flake is apparently not impressing anyone with his threat to oppose President Trump’s judicial nominees until the Senate takes up legislation to protect Robert Mueller.
The outgoing Arizona Republican was blocked by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell from bringing the legislation before the Senate for a vote, The Hill reported.
CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin slammed the “98-pound weakling named Jeff Flake” who is all talk and little else, telling a CNN panel Wednesday that the retiring senator’s threats are without merit.
“Is there anything more empty in American politics than a threat from Jeff Flake, who has made his entire career by folding every time Mitch McConnell breathes hard?” Toobin asked on “The Situation Room.”
I have informed the Majority Leader that 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 action on the floor, until the Mueller protection bill is brought to the full Senate for a vote.
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) November 15, 2018
“Mitch McConnell is going to squash Jeff Flake like a bug, as he always does. And the idea that Jeff Flake is going to hold up anything to protect Robert Mueller is, in my opinion, absurd,” Toobin continued.
“Mitch McConnell has said we don’t need a law to protect Robert Mueller, and that means there’s not going to be a law to protect Robert Mueller. I mean, Mitch McConnell is in charge,” he added. “Jeff Flake is wandering off into the darkness these last few days as a senator. I mean, this is not a fair fight. Mitch McConnell and a 98-pound weakling named Jeff Flake is just not––you know, that is not going to happen.”
Toobin noted that this will mean the administration will “have a free hand to do with Mueller what they will. And we’ll see what happens.”
McConnell was re-elected as Senate majority leader on Wednesday, with a vote included from Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott who posed in a photo with McConnell and other incoming Republicans senators despite the recount going on his state for the Senate seat.
A warm welcome to the incoming class of Republican Senators. pic.twitter.com/yNcqWvX0qp
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) November 14, 2018
Twitter users weighed in on the news about Flake and McConnell, who was affectionately (and humourously) nicknamed “Cocaine Mitch” after a failed attack by Don Blankenship, a Republican candidate for Senate in West Virginia, earlier this year.
Every member voted to re-elect Mr. McConnell. pic.twitter.com/MnraRCTIGw
— The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) November 14, 2018
You go! #cocainemitch
— oh Hai Mark (@nerd_captain) November 15, 2018
Please just remove him from committee. That would be epic Cocaine Mitch
— Dean Ouellette (@DeanOuellette) November 14, 2018
Love Flake but he’ll fold like a cheap suit the moment the vote comes up and #CocaineMitch gives him the evil eye.
— John D (@Johnd27D) November 14, 2018
We love having you there. Keep up the great work!
Now if I may make a suggestion…
I think you should add the hashtag #CocaineMitch to your Twitter bio.
Just throwin’ it out there 💁🏻♂️
— 😈 Dr. EnVy 🌶 (@DemonicVeggies) November 14, 2018
I know no one clicks the links and reads the stories so allow me to say this threat from Flake ain’t nothin’.
GOPers on Judiciary Committee have only a 1 vote majority so voting against advancing 21 judicial nominees in committee could be annoying for McConnell. https://t.co/pvvdnXcuIA
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) November 14, 2018
Tired of Flake’s grandstands.
— I Boycott Amazon Personally. (@MattMil37970569) November 15, 2018
You sir, @JeffFlake are not a Republican and are a lame duck. Can’t wait until you’re no longer in Senate.
— Paul E. Porter 🇺🇸 (@peprtr) November 15, 2018
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