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  • Jeff Flake: Trump has 'debased' the presidency

    05/23/2018 2:42:31 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 130 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 23, 2018 | Luis Sanchez
    Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) took aim at President Trump on Wednesday, saying the president has "debased" the office with his "bottomless appetite for destruction and degradation." “Our presidency has been debased by a figure who has a seemingly bottomless appetite for destruction and division, and only a passing familiarity with how the Constitution works" Flake said in a commencement address to Harvard Law School graduates, according to prewritten remarks. “Our Article I branch of government, the Congress (that's me), is utterly supine in the face of the moral vandalism that flows from the White House daily,” Flake continued. The Republican...
  • Flake blasts news that Dems not invited to briefing on Russia docs: 'This is not right'

    05/23/2018 9:34:52 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | Brett Samuels - 05/23/18 | Brett Samuels - 05/23/18
    Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) on Wednesday criticized the White House for excluding Democrats from a meeting with top intelligence officials about a confidential FBI source in the Russia probe. “This is not right. Briefings like this should be bipartisan,” Flake tweeted. Flake, a Republican who is retiring from Congress when his term ends in January, has been an outspoken critic of the Trump administration. Etc...
  • Flake comes out against Haspel's nomination to lead CIA

    05/16/2018 4:45:12 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 72 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 16, 2018 | Jordain Carney
    GOP Sen. Jeff Flake (Ariz.) announced Wednesday he will oppose the nomination of Gina Haspel, President Trump's pick to lead the CIA, citing her ties to the controversial "enhanced interrogation" program used during the George W. Bush administration. "Congress needs to be able to provide fully informed oversight. My questions about Ms. Haspel's role in the destruction of videotapes relevant to discussions occurring in Congress regarding the program have not been adequately answered," Flake said in a statement. Flake, a vocal critic of Trump who is set to retire after this year, is the third Republican senator to come out...
  • McCain's health improving, family and friends say

    05/12/2018 3:04:21 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 217 replies
    Fox News ^ | Amy Lieu
    U.S. Sen. John McCain is feeling better as he recovers from cancer treatment and surgery in Arizona, according to family members and friends. Arizona's junior U.S. senator, Jeff Flake, told Fox News on Friday that he spoke with McCain by phone that morning, and said his 81-year-old colleague was “doing better” than he had been recently. In April, McCain underwent surgery for an intestinal infection. Flake did not go into detail, but he smiled and spoke in a tone of voice that suggested he was pleased or relieved to offer the positive update.
  • Kasich: 'I didn't leave the Republican Party. The Republican Party left me

    04/30/2018 4:01:46 AM PDT · by Magnatron · 87 replies
    CNN Fake News ^ | 30 April 2018 | Maegan Vazquez
    Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich expressed frustration with the current state of the Republican and Democratic parties Sunday amid rumors that he could pursue a 2020 presidential run. "I'm still a Republican. I didn't leave the Republican Party. The Republican Party left me," Kasich said on CNN's "State of the Union." "In my state we have balanced budgets, surplus, we're up half a million jobs and then people say, 'Well Kasich's not a conservative.' What does that mean?" "Come home to where we basically live," the 2016 presidential candidate added. "We should care about people from top to bottom, not...
  • Capitol Chill: Flake, Booker engage in snowball 'duel'

    03/22/2018 3:17:48 PM PDT · by BBell · 25 replies
    https://www.cnn.com/ ^ | 3/22/18 | Sophie Tatum
    Washington (CNN)Capitol Hill is no stranger to partisan clashes, but on Thursday, the East Lawn saw a different kind of battle: a snowball fight. Sens. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, and Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, ventured outside Thursday morning for a "snowball duel." The stakes: Loser would have to buy pizza for the winner's staff. Booker announced he lost the duel to Flake. "With great ignominy I have to announce I lost the snowball fight 3 to 2," he wrote. "I'm buying the pizza for his office . . . . I neglected to tell him though that I am definitely sending...
  • 2 Republican senators suggest they’d support impeaching Trump if he fired Mueller (Flake & Graham)

    03/20/2018 9:28:59 PM PDT · by Innovative · 117 replies
    Vox ^ | March 20, 2018 | Andrew Prokop
    Amid recent chatter that Trump could fire special counsel Robert Mueller, Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) both suggested Tuesday that if the president took that step, impeachment would be the appropriate response. Graham and Flake’s commitments to this position were hardly rock-solid and may well not be shared by very many other Republicans in the Senate (or the House of Representatives, which is where the impeachment process would have to begin). Still, the statements are a significant warning to Trump from two members of his own party about how Mueller’s dismissal could end for him. First, when...
  • McCabe Firing a ‘Horrible Day for Democracy,’ Firing Mueller Is a ‘Massive Red Line’

    03/18/2018 12:04:59 PM PDT · by Cheerio · 69 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 18 Mar 2018 | Pam Key
    Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) said President Donald Trump attempting to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller would be “massive red line.” On the McCabe firing, Flake said, “When the president said it was a great day for democracy yesterday, I think it was a horrible day for democracy. To have firings like this happening at the top, from the president and the attorney general, does not speak well for what’s going on. So I don’t know what the designs are on Mueller, but it seems to be building toward that. And I just hope...
  • Flake Considers Taking on Trump in 2020

    03/16/2018 7:10:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    Townhall ^ | 03/16/2018 | Leah Barkoukis
    Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake is retiring at the end of his term but he may not be giving up on politics altogether. The staunch critic of President Trump said Thursday during a speech at the National Press Club that he may take on the commander in chief in 2020. "It's not in my plan to run for president, but I am not ruling it out. Somebody needs to stand up for traditional Republicanism," Flake said. "Somebody needs to raise that, for nothing else than to give people hope that that decent party will be back. We'll get through this." He...
  • Flake: 'My party might not deserve to lead'

    03/16/2018 7:09:43 AM PDT · by C19fan · 47 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 15, 2018 | Julia Manchester
    Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) hit the Republican Party on Thursday for its support of President Trump, saying the party may not deserve to lead. "If we are going to cloister ourselves in the alternative truth of an erratic leader, if we are going to refuse to live in the world that everyone else lives in and reckon with the daily reality that they face including the very real anxiety that they feel, then my party might not deserve to lead," Flake said in an address at the National Press Club.
  • Republican Jeff Flake: 'My party might not deserve to lead'

    03/15/2018 3:48:41 PM PDT · by Magnatron · 74 replies
    CNN Fake News ^ | 15 March 2018 | Ashley Killough
    As Republicans face a potential Democratic wave in this year's midterm elections, Republican Sen. Jeff Flake argued Thursday that his party "might not deserve to lead" given its support for President Donald Trump. "If we are going to cloister ourselves in the alternative truth of an erratic leader, if we are going to refuse to live in a world that everyone else lives in ... then my party might not deserve to lead," the Arizona senator said in a speech at the National Press Club.
  • Jeff Flake: Trump needs a Republican opponent in 2020

    03/11/2018 11:24:43 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 99 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 11, 2018 | 2:14pm | Marisa Schultz
    WASHINGTON – President Trump should have a conservative challenger in 2020 who believes in free trade, limited government and economic freedom, said outgoing Republican Sen. Jeff Flake. “I do,” Flake of Arizona responded Sunday when asked if Trump needs an opponent from the right. “It would be a tough go in a Republican primary. The Republican Party is the Trump party right now. But that’s not to say it will stay that way, ” he said. Flake, a frequent Trump critic, is retiring from the Senate because he said his traditional conservative views and temperament aren’t accepted in the age...
  • Flake to introduce bill to nullify Trump's tariffs

    03/08/2018 7:15:25 PM PST · by Kevin in California · 58 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03-08-2018 | Jordain Carney
    Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said on Thursday that he will introduce legislation to nix President Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminum imports just minutes after they were announced.
  • Flake to introduce bill to nullify Trump's tariffs

    03/08/2018 3:40:20 PM PST · by bkopto · 71 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/8/2018 | jordain carney
    Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said on Thursday that he will introduce legislation to nix President Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminum imports just minutes after they were announced. "I will immediately draft and introduce legislation to nullify these tariffs, and I urge my colleagues to pass it before this exercise in protectionism inflicts any more damage on the economy," Flake said in a statement. Trump announced that he would levy the penalties — a 25 percent tariff for steel and 10 percent on aluminum — during a White House event. Canada and Mexico are exempted amid larger trade negotiations, Trump...
  • Jeff Flake’s DACA bill gives ‘Dreamers’ Obamacare, CBO says

    03/07/2018 1:50:20 PM PST · by detective · 47 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 7, 2018 | Stephen Dinan -
    Sen. Jeff Flake’s bill to enshrine the DACA program in law would also make the illegal immigrant “Dreamers” eligible for Obamacare — including perhaps hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies to buy health plans, Congressional scorekeepers said this week. Mr. Flake, Arizona Republican, tried to power his bill through the Senate on Tuesday, but was blocked by another senator. His bill would offer those who qualified for the original DACA program a new, three-year legal status, which would include permission to work in the country legally, in exchange for $7 billion — or about three year’s worth of...
  • Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake says the Republican Party is in a 'bad place'

    03/03/2018 1:32:05 PM PST · by mdittmar · 54 replies
    CNN ^ | March 3, 2018 | Alexandra King
    (CNN)Outgoing Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake says the Republican Party is in a "bad place," and that President Trump does not behave in the way that "a conservative should act."In an interview on David Axelrod's show, "The Axe Files," airing on CNN Saturday at 7 p.m. ET, Flake blasted the direction the Republican Party was heading. "We've stopped being the party of limited government, economic freedom, individual responsibility ... and kind of drifted off to fight the culture wars," said Flake, who announced late last year that he would not run for re-election.
  • Can Congress Save Lives by Raising the Rifle Purchase Age?

    03/02/2018 8:33:31 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 27 replies
    ©2018 Reason Foundation ^ | Feb. 26, 2018 2:30 pm | Jacob Sullum
    It is doubtful that the proposed rule would have made a difference in mass shootings.
  • Outgoing Republicans Say GOP Has Changed [Flake, Dent, Royce, Ros-Lehtinen]

    02/20/2018 9:16:59 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 70 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 19, 2018 | 12:21 PM EST | Melanie Arter
    A group of Republicans who have decided not to run for re-election told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that the Republican Party has changed, and not for the better. Reps. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), and Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) complained about the GOP’s narrowing focus and the perception that the Republicans must pledge loyalty to the president instead of to GOP principles. […] Royce said he always considered the Republican Party to be “a big tent party” with room “for a lot of different viewpoints.” He said part of the answer is for...
  • White House sees Flake, Kasich as 2020 challengers

    02/03/2018 9:11:16 AM PST · by kevcol · 74 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 3, 2018 | Paul Bedard
    White House advisors are already looking to the 2020 reelection campaign and expectations are high that President Trump will face a primary challenge. A top advisor told Secrets that the West Wing expects Ohio Gov. John Kasich to run again, offering his moderate credentials as an alternative to Trump, who criticized him at a fundraiser this week.
  • Flake: There Was No Justification for Comey Firing, There Should Be ‘No Firing of Anybody Else’

    01/31/2018 5:25:25 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 109 replies
    Breitbart Video ^ | 1-30-2018 | Pam Key
    Tuesday following President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) said there was no justification for the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, and he would consider legislation, so there is “no firing of anybody else.” Partial transcript as follows: WILLIAMS: Our mutual friend Chris Matthews has this theory that what we’re watching is a slow motion Saturday Night Massacre, that first there was Comey, then there was McCabe, and now Mr. Rosenstein appears to be squarely in the sights. Who in your party is prepared to stop that if Chris’ theory is correct? FLAKE:...