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:
Reporter busts Trump with damning list of times he previously claimed Flynn was guilty
On Wednesday, President Donald Trump decided to issue a full pardon of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who was awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to lying to the FBI in the course of the Russia investigation — despite Flynn's attempt to take back his plea and Attorney General William Barr's efforts to shut down the prosecution.
Although Trump and his supporters for years have painted Flynn as a hero, that was not always the sentiment, however. As BuzzFeed News' Jason Leopold noted in a lengthy Twitter thread, Trump previously was enraged with Flynn's criminal conduct, and publicly declared him a liar.
Nicolle Wallace bashes ‘two-bit criminal’ Trump for ‘skivvy’ tweet pardoning Michael Flynn
Retired Lt. Gen Michael Flynn admitted his guilt to Judge Emmett Sullivan, but President Donald Trump announced that the former director of national intelligence would never see jail time. After issuing a pardon to Flynn the day before Thanksgiving, MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace attacked the manner in which Trump announced the pardon: by tweet.
"Of all the sordid tales of Trump's presidency, this one might take the cake," said Wallace. "We knew this might be coming. We know Donald Trump likes the power to pardon. There's some reporting he's looking at a pardon for lots of other people. I wonder what your sense is about what else Donald Trump has up his sleeve?"
NRA tax filing alleges Wayne LaPierre used the group’s funds for ‘personal benefit and enrichment’: report
According to a new IRS tax filing from the National Rifle Association (NRA), current and former executives used the nonprofit group’s money for personal benefit and enrichment, the Washington Post reports.
"The NRA said in the filing that it continues to review the alleged abuse of funds, as the tax-exempt organization curtails services and runs up multimillion-dollar legal bills," the Post's report states. "The assertion of impropriety comes four months after the attorney general of New York state filed a lawsuit accusing NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre and other top officials of using NRA funds for decades to provide inflated salaries and expense accounts."