Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) said in an interview with “60 Minutes” that if he was running for reelection he couldn’t have crossed the aisle to talk to his colleague about switching sides and stopping the Judiciary Committee vote on Brett Kavanaugh.
In an interview beside Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE), the two men also agreed that there’s no way they’ll be comfortable confirming if Kavanaugh was found to have lied.
“Nomination’s over?” they were asked.
“I would think so,” Coons said at the close of their interview.
“Yeah,” Flake agree.
They talked about what happened in the crucial moment when Flake sat in the committee room after women approached him at the member elevator in the U.S. Capitol. Coons described his friend as looking tortured.
Flake then stood up, crossed the Democratic side of the committee horse-shoe and tapped Coons on the shoulder and exited. Coons got up and followed behind.
Coons said that Flake was concerned the whole thing was tearing the country apart and he refused to allow it to continue. Flake confessed that there was no way he could have taken that chance and stuck his neck out if he was running for reelection in Arizona today. He explained the political climate is simply too toxic.
Watch the segment below:
Inside the extreme right-wing’s plan to take over campus conservatism
President Donald Trump's eldest son found himself caught in the middle of an alt-right takeover of a libertarian group with close ties to mainstream conservatism, and video of the encounter provided an embarrassing start to his book tour.
Right-wing activists led by white nationalist Nick Fuentes have been turning up at campus events sponsored by Turning Point USA and other conservative groups to boost their racist, anti-LGBT and anti-Semitic messages, reported The Daily Beast.
Mulvaney drops last-minute lawsuit over subpoena and instead ‘will rely on the direction of the president’
Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney has reversed course once again and will not sue the U.S. House of Representatives for issuing a subpoena that he has vowed not to honor.
On Monday, Mulvaney's attorney said that his client is dropping plans to join a lawsuit brought by former national security adviser John Bolton’s aide, Charles Kupperman.
Attorney William Pittard said that Mulvaney would file a separate lawsuit instead in opposition to a subpoena from House Democrats.
Manafort said he would personally update Trump on WikiLeaks’ damaging Hillary Clinton leaks: Rick Gates
Former Trump campaign official Rick Gates on Tuesday testified in court that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort said that he would personally give then-candidate Donald Trump updates on the timing of WikiLeaks' damaging information dumps on Hillary Clinton.
As reported by Vox.com's Andrew Prokop, Gates told the court that Manafort in 2016 instructed him to regularly touch base with Trump ally Roger Stone to get information about when WikiLeaks could be releasing stolen emails intended to harm Clinton's campaign.
Manafort then said that he would update others in the campaign, "including the candidate," about future email drops, Gates testified.