23 Burst results for "Senator Flake"
"senator flake" Discussed on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer
"Too much. New Year's Eve with Anderson Cooper, Andy Cohen. The party start today only on CNN. Night is important fall out from President Trump's decision to pull US troops out of Syria. Although the US military's questioning the claim the Syrian army today said it has entered into a key city after being invited in by Kurdish militia fighters who've been allied with the US, let's get the insights of a former Pentagon State Department. Spokesman John Kirby is with us John this. This is a pretty stunning development. Walk us through this just a little bit. Here. The Kurds that the US has been training and working with the fight. Isis have now asked Syrian forces under the command of Bosch, Ayala Saad to come in and help them now because they're worried about what they consider a Turkish invasion. They exact tell us about what they're what they're physically doing asking Russia to lean on a side to provide help in mandate. It's very significant and you're seeing in real time now Jim the ramifications of the president's decision to abruptly withdrawal those troops. Now. Everybody's trying to fill that vacuum the Kurds specifically, and it says a lot. That they'd rather see Syrian-backed forces Syrian regime forces in manage protecting new citizens than they would the Turks coming across that border. So you're seeing this all play out in real time. It means a couple of things one means the end of our credibility in any leverage. We might have had in figuring out the future of Syria. Number two is pretty much. Good signal that Assads here stay. He's not going anywhere. The UA just reestablished there, and the Damascus that's really significant and number three. It means Russia's influence over Assad in Syria and the future of Syria has now come full circle this is Putin's play. So the US pools out. Russia moves in at all, right? John kirby. Thank you very much for.
Sens. Jeff Flake, Chris Coons on Kavanaugh's "angry" testimony on Capitol Hill
"Week last week US Senator Jeff flake and other Republicans said they wouldn't vote to confirm supreme court nominee Brett cavenaugh until after a new FBI background. Check political analysts like David Gibson says it was a good move in light of the heated political climate. Had this kind of tension in American politics since the Vietnam war and the civil rights era. People are angry opinionated the dialogue the spectacle of that committee hearing. But so I think Senator flake gives gets a little credit for trying to cool things off a little bit. Yes. In a guest on the Sunday spin program with Rick Pearson. You can hear the full interview as a podcast on our website at wgnradio
FBI starts investigation into Kavanaugh
"The FBI continues to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct against supreme court nominee. Brad Kavanagh up democratic Senator Amy klobuchar of Minnesota at bearing on CNN state of the union expressed admiration for Republican colleagues Senator flake made what I consider a courageous move in standing up and saying I can't stomach this anymore. This is beneath the dignity of this country. This is dividing the country. Let's at least have an impartial fact finder. And they better be impartial. I believe they can be the FBI follow the
"senator flake" Discussed on State of the Union with Jake Tapper
"Party being able to to back the story, which is not a refutation, but it's also not a corroboration lots of questions about when and where this would have happened. We know that the prosecutor the Republicans brought in Mitchell has said that she would not have enough to take this case to even get a search warrant. Do you disagree with that assessment as as a as a former prosecutor. I, I wanna make clear this isn't a criminal trial and that again, Kellyanne again that this wasn't a criminal trial. This is a job interview. And so many of us have already decided because of this nominees expansive view of presidential power that he doesn't belong on this court to be handpicked by a president who has continually undermined the FBI said he wants to fire the everyone from the attorney, general of the deputy attorney general that we have issues with pudding, someone bench with those views. And number of us voted said, we're going to vote against him. What this was about was the dignity of the court, the dignity of the Senate that we get to the bottom of facts. So I have not looked at the evidence and that way because I haven't been able to interview the witnesses that are there. But what I did find was a cheese seemed very compelling. She answered the questions with grace and dignity and all we wanna do, and this is why. Senator flake made what I considered a courageous move in standing up and saying, I can't stomach this anymore. This is beneath the dignity of this country. This is dividing the country, let's at least have an impartial fat minder and they better be impartial. I believe they can be the f. b. i. follow the evidence Senator you and the other Democrats on the Senate Judiciary committee signed a letter to President Trump this week describing Julius wet Knicks alligators. There were not allowed of questions..
Jeff Flake's call for FBI investigation throws wrench in Kavanaugh's plans
"Senate Republicans agreed to delay. Brad Kavanagh supreme court confirmation vote to allow one week f. FBI investigation into sexual assault claims against the nominee. The move followed a demand by Republican Senator Jeff flake of Arizona that Christie Blasi Ford's claim of sexual assault in high school be investigated. Cavanaugh categorically denies this. For more on how this unfolded in the Senate. We turn to Bloomberg news White House reporter, Justin sink, Justin. What happened what Sarah flake did really wraps up the hole pressure on the president? And Senator Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, it really will make it tough sledding for Republicans, and especially the swing Republicans going forward. And let's just talk about the rules of the Senate here because they're critical, and we no longer have the sixty vote requirement on nominations for the you know, the to end filibuster to end debate the nuclear option was triggered. It's now just fifty one votes. However, I believe it does take fifty one votes still in a divided Senate. And that would include a vote from the vice president. To to advance the nomination. And so if flake is a no Pence could vote. Yes. And I guess they could move. The math gets really challenging here for for Republicans. Yeah. Well, it goes back to the central question, which is that which is how many Republicans are willing to slow the strain down Jeff flake who we've kind of seen as on the fence throughout this process has raised his hand. He's not enough to do it on his own. So will all the Democrats one? He just needs one more person. Exactly, I it seems very likely the Democrats will join him. And let's just wanna read from the statement here. Just for a moment that Senator flake put out. Announcing that he would he would vote in the committee to allow judge Kavanagh's nomination to move forward. He said that it was based on the presumption of innocence in the law absence of cooperating evidence that binds us to the rule of law, and while some may argue that a different standard should apply regarding the senate's advice, advice and consent responsibilities. I believe the constitution's provisions of fairness and due process apply here as well. But he also said in the statement that he heard that the compelling from Dr the testimony from Dr Ford west compelling, and that he left the hearing with as much doubt as
"senator flake" Discussed on The 11th Hour with Brian Williams
"Uh-huh. Tonight it's on hold the vote on Brett Cavanaugh put off for a week while the FBI investigates it was prompted by the actions of Republican Senator, Jeff flake who was prompted by the actions of the women who spoke out and spoke up about sexual assault. Another wild and emotional day coming off such a heated day of testimony tonight, the Democrats get the investigation they wanted. Now, Mark judge can be questioned about what he knows. The Republicans and Cavanaugh are forced to wait and President Trump uses unusually measured words when talking about the woman who started it all, Dr Christine, Blasi Ford. All of it as the eleventh hour gets underway on a busy Friday night. Well, good evening once again from our NBC news headquarters here in New York. This was day six, one, seven of the Trump administration. And it appears that in the last twenty four hours, three women may have changed the course of history. They are Dr Christine, Wasi. Ford, Ana, Maria are Ceva our cello and Maria Gallagher. Dr. Ford of course, gave that emotional testimony yesterday and those last two women's names. They are the women who stopped US Senator in an elevator today. They stopped Jeff flake and held that door open because he had just announced he was going to vote. Yes, on judge Cavanaugh. They didn't want that to happen until he had heard them out and looked into their eyes. And what they said in that elevator door appears to have led a US Senator change his mind and force delay and call in the FBI their words have now reversed. Rated around this country. What you are doing is allowing someone who actually violated woman to sit in this report didn't not tolerable. That's what you're telling all America. They don't matter. They should just keep it to themselves because infighting told the Turner, just help to power anyway, doesn't tell all. Telling me now. One of talking senior telling me that might not have to be. That you're gonna learn these things. Power. You're telling me for him. Already from me. Jeff flake then huddled with some of the Democrats on the judiciary committee. And when he came back to his seat, he paused to whisper something chairman, Grassley, who then gave him the floor. That's one flake called for a pause for an investigation. And I think it would be proper to delay the floor vote for up to, but not more than one week in order to let the FBI. Continue to do an investigation limited in time and scope to the current allegations that are there. It turns out Jeff flake spoke for a lot of Republicans, and we know he spoke for the democratic side. Mitch McConnell didn't have the votes. The president didn't have the leverage. Donald Trump has sense agreed to a limited FBI investigation, and it was clear when he spoke about yesterday's hearing this morning. He was being unusually measured in his choice of words. I thought her testimony was very compelling and she looks like a very fine woman, very fine woman. And I thought that Steph Dimona likewise was. Really something that I haven't seen before. It was incredible. This is what the president put out later today. Quote, I've ordered the f. b. i. to conduct a supplemental investigation to update judge Kavanagh's file as the Senate has requested. This update must be limited in scope and completed in less than one week. Then a few hours ago. He said this just started tonight. Our seventh FBI investigation of judge Brad Kavanagh. He will some day be recognized as a truly great Justice of the United States. Supreme court turns out that Senator flake came around with the help of his close friend in the Senate, Chris coons democrat of Delaware who got emotional when talking about flake and his brave decision. I think he showed courage and determination today. Senator flake is a is a genuine conservative. He's written a book about the conscience of a conservative. He and I do not share a lot of political views, but we share a deep concern. Sorry. Senator flake and I share a deep concern for the health of this institution and what it means to the rest of the world and to our country. If we are unable to conduct ourselves respectfully in a way that here's each other one cameras caught up with him tonight. Senator flake talked about his decision. This is ripping the country part and the calls I've been getting emails and texts..
"senator flake" Discussed on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell
"Scheduled to vote for one thirty pm today. And as soon as we got to one thirty one pm today, it was clear that the vote was in trouble because all of the senators were present either in the hearing room or in the conference room adjacent to the room and Chuck Grassley was not calling the vote because Chuck Grassley did not know what Jeff flake was going to do. Now when a strong tough Senator wants something in a committee and has the deciding vote in that committee. That's Senator usually with holes his or her vote until he or she gets exactly what they want, but that's not Jeff flake. So Jeff flake decided to do this his way. I have been speaking with a number of people on the other side. We've had conversations ongoing for a while with regard to. Making sure that we do do diligence here, and I think it would be. Proper to delay the floor vote for up to, but not more than one week in order to let the FBI. Continue to do an investigation limited in time and scope to the current allegations that are there and limited time to no more than one week. And I, I will vote to advance the Bill to the floor with that understanding. And so tonight the train has stopped and the FBI is investigating Brett Cavanaugh again. After Jeff flake and the rest of the Republicans on the committee voted to send Brett Kavanagh's nomination to the Senate floor. Jeff flake created a mini Republican stampede for an FBI investigation Senator Susan Collins, and Lisa Murkowski quickly tweeted that they too wanted an FBI investigation, and then Mitch McConnell, knew the deal was completely undone and not long after that, the president who has the unique power to do so ordered the FBI investigation. When Chris coons left the hearing room today, he got a bit emotional talking about what his friend Jeff flake did today. He and I do not share a lot of political views, but we share a deep concern. Sorry. Senator flake and I share a deep concern for the health of this institution and what it means to the rest of the world and to our country. If we are unable to conduct ourselves respectfully and in a way that here's each other, they heard each other, a Republican Senator Herbert, a democratic Senator was asking for the Republican Senator decided that the democratic Senator was right. And so in a place that disappoints everyone much more than it pleases someone, the United States Senate in that place. We saw something that we rarely see. We saw a victory for decency today. It might be a small victory. It might be a temporary victory, but the professionals in the United States Senate take their victories when and where they can get them. They take any size victory they can. And when it happens, they say, thank you. Jeff. Flake is a true conservative, so he is going to disappoint. Again, but not today, Jeff flake didn't do everything that cavenaugh opponents wanted today. He didn't vote against the nomination in the committee, but he did something something important and every democratic Senator who got within a handshake of Jeff flake after what he did today in the judiciary committee. Said, thank you to Jeff flake and what we heard Jeff flake say to those women who stopped him on that elevator and forced him to think about what he was doing. What we heard Jeff flake say to them after being forced to look them in the eye. Was thank you. After a break, we'll be joined by Maria trae Sukumar and our cetera, NHS Senate staff experts, Lisa graves and Adam gentlemen..
"senator flake" Discussed on Anderson Cooper 360
"They take one last ride around the world, the EMMY award winning Anthony, bourdain parts, unknown the final episodes chairs, Sundays at nine on CNN. Good evening. What seemed this morning to be a foregone conclusion is now anyone's guess. That's how drastically the bread Kavanagh supreme court. Confirmation story has changed from sun up to sunset, and the news is still breaking at this hour. This morning, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary committee looked ready to move quickly on the nomination. No delay. They said no FBI investigation. Yesterday's hearings were enough. They said they'd given Christine Blasi Ford, a chance to be heard. They said time now to vote and the one Republican on the committee who's thought to be undecided. Jeff flake said he would vote to confirm judge Cavanaugh. Well, that news hit at about nine twenty five or nine twenty six AM then at nine thirty one leaving this off his office on his way to the committee vote. This happened. Take a look. Have two children. I cannot imagine back and forth the next fifty years. They will have someone green Green course. course who has been accused of violating young girl. What are you doing sir? What she was one of two women who confronted Senator flake on live television capital elevator about their experiences, survivors of sexual assault. She joins us momentarily and we're going to show you more of that confrontation not long after that occurred by the elevator, things began to shift sinner. Flake was seen huddling with democratic committee member, Chris coons of Delaware. Then the committee vote was delayed center. Flake and other lawmakers were then seen walking in and out of the hearing room talking negotiating, and then everything changed. I can only say that I would be only comfortable moving forward on the floor. I'll move it out of committee, but I will only be comfortable moving on the floor until the FBI has done more investigation than they have already. It may not take them a week. I understand that some of these witnesses may not want to discuss anything further, but I think we're, we owe them due diligence. And so there was Republican Senator Jeff flake suddenly calling for the FBI to investigate more has called followed. Then by Laskar Republican, Lisa Murkowski and red state democrat, Joe Manchin of West Virginia than Republican, Susan Collins of Maine, all suddenly calling for an FBI pro by day's end. It was a done deal a week, long background, check on judge cavenaugh, limited in scope and starting today, and our breaking news source telling us that the president is blaming center flake and Democrats for the delay. So was that elevator confrontation instrumental and Senator flakes surprising decision? He was asked about it. Here's what he said. To the protesters that you encounter play a role on everything I've seen and experienced. The last couple of weeks has been packed. It's it's, it's been everything. Everything he says, which today included pressure from constituents, some of whom crowded offices and jam phone lines. There were also obviously political considerations as well as practical moral ones. Whatever the case, what is clear tonight is how drastically things appear to have changed in the space of a day or in President. Trump's case since he said this on Wednesday, about Democrats in the process. Directly con artist because they know how quality this man is, and they've destroyed a man's reputation and they want to destroy it even more. And I think people are going to see that in the midterms what they've done to this family, what they've done to these children, these beautiful children of his and what they've done to his wife. And they know it's a big fat conjure up. So that was Wednesday. Now, last week, the president rejected any idea that he would request the FBI reopen their background investigation George cavenaugh. And even as recently as last evening is the testimony ended. The president was still rhetorically all in on cavenaugh tweeting. Judge Cavanaugh showed America exactly why nominated him. His testimony was powerful, honest and riveting. Democrats, search and destroy strategy is disgraceful. In this process has been a total sham and effort to delay obstruct and resist the Senate vote..
"senator flake" Discussed on The Beat with Ari Melber
"And then delegation of House Democratic women marching to the Senate this morning, you're looking at pictures, they shared including from one Representative standing in a symbolic silence. When the committee was beginning today, you can see them there in the back members of the lower body as they call it all this culminating though in something that honestly, no one could have written, no one could have expected Republican, Senator flake unavowed cavenaugh supporter saying, even if he supports Cavanaugh it's not right to go forward without the FBI pro that Donald Trump had. So furiously fought as promised. I turn to some people who know a lot about this former Senator Barbara Boxer who also hosts the podcast fight back. She was part of a group of the house lawmakers in nineteen ninety one demanding that Anita hill be allowed to simply testify to be heard and in kind of symmetry here House, Judiciary member congresswoman, Val Demings from Florida. She was one of the House Democrats in the hearing today to protest as well as a reporter who has covered many of these five. From the Washington Post Libby, Casey, I could begin anywhere. I propose starting with Senator boxer who, as we mentioned, started much of this and then turn to congressman Demings and the interplay between the work you both have done Senator. Will just say, I'm very proud of the house members who walked over to the Senate twenty seven years later twenty seven years ago. I was part of a group that did that. We marched up the steps and we confronted our own party because they weren't going to look at Anita, Hill's charges. And then when they did, it was a gli. It was brutal, but I think what you saw today Ari is the beautiful messing of democracy. It'll Lawrence O'Donnell always says we have a right. I think it's Chris Lawrence, you have a right to petition your government and those folks in the hall, those women facing Senator flake in the elevator, looking at him, that's what we're supposed to do. We're supposed to be of buying for the people people across this country, the women and the men who care about us. Are just so frustrated that women's complaints about not being taken seriously. Early lately, nor frankly news. We're gonna listen to Mitch McConnell, making come right back to you. Cheryl voters. And there was testimony and statements from countless personal friends, classmates workers, former clerks, and other associates. So the picture that emerged from all this is clear, judge cabin all is one of the most qualified and most impressive supreme court nominees in the history of our country. He's excelled at the house levels of legal scholarship heels to degrees from Yale and for years as lectured at the Harvard Law School, he's more than three hundred legal opinions from what is widely considered. The second Ha's court and the notion several have soaps Goma been cited and supreme courts on majority opinions along the way. He's built an outstanding reputation within the legal community. For his clear, thoughtful writing is exemplary. Fair-minded, judicial temperament, judge Kavanagh's qualifications have been affirmed by his peers and by renown legal scholars from across the ideological spectrum oneself describe liberal Democrat who advised him at Yale said, judge cavenaugh, quote, command wide. And do perspect- among scholars, lawyers and jurists, and this praise has been echoed by hundreds of character witnesses who testified before the Senate or written us letters to pray, Joe JR, Kavanagh's personal character, and his integrity in the strongest charms. The committee also thoroughly investigated the last minute allegations that have been brought forward. The evidence that has been produced either fails fails to corroborate these accusations or in FOX port showed Kavanagh's unequivocal denial. And in some cases, the accusers have been have even recanted. They're baseless allegations all in all. This is a nominee who's receive what many considered the gold standard of judicial qualification. A rating of unanimously well, qualified from the American Bar Association. So this nomination that has been listening to Senator Mitch McConnell, he is on the floor of the Senate defending Brett Cavanaugh and proceeding by unanimous consent. That means with the green of the entire Senate to debate this nomination. Although as Casey hunt reported just moments ago, there will not be vote in the coming days or not vote for at least a week. What we're going to do is have our producers continue to listen to Senator McConnell. If he makes news on the FBI probe, we're on the voter on the procedural timing. We'll bring that to you..
"senator flake" Discussed on The Beat with Ari Melber
"We begin with what's happening in the Senate right now. One of the most intense high stakes legal political battles in decades of supreme court fights, and with a partial surrender by Donald Trump, the president has been fighting to prevent any background probe of his supreme court. Nominee, Brad Kavanagh regarding new allegations of sexual misconduct tonight, I could tell you Donald Trump, just lost this round. He's reversing himself agreeing to reopen the f. b. i. background check. How did this happen? We begin tonight with some behind the scenes moments, you almost never get to witness in real time. It all began. It appears with citizen a sexual assault survivor confronting Republican, Senator, Jeff flake this morning. You see some of that right there pleading with him, not to back Brad Kavanagh. Now flake had said he would vote for cavenaugh, but then within hours of that confrontation, Senator flake did something that we rarely see in this choreographed partisanship era of. Of the US congress. And it's certainly something rare for many Republicans who seem to live in a quivering Quayle ING surrender to their leader. Donald Trump Senator flake just took a stand and on at least one thing. He affectively overruled Trump forcing his colleagues to back this FBI check in order to even get that nomination move to the floor. And that meant backing Democrats. So flake is saying that he would not support Kavanagh's nomination until the FBI investigates. This is what I'm trying to do. This country's being ripped apart here, and we've got to make sure that we do due diligence at diligence comes in the background check. Now the Senate Judiciary committee was then going to go on and send Kavanagh's nomination to the full Senate with this step Yele shin. Now this is a one week, FBI probe, it will happen and we'll explain more about that in our coverage. But even after the committee voted self, there was actual confusion because this was not choreographed because this was happening last minute, and now I'm going to show you something. We just got into the newsroom here as I mentioned something rare. This somewhat confused exchange cau- accidentally on a hot Mike between the leaders of the committee. We had to get this older. Well, is it done? Is our? Is it going to happen for you cut off a vote? No, we didn't have. This is all gentlemen and women's agreement. This gentleman and women's. Assume, but I'm committed jock. Singly committed. Let him say what he's committed to. That's the ranking member of the top democrat, Dianne Feinstein, trying to make good trying to turn this situation. The statements from flake this unraveling of what was a Republican failings a union to try to avoid any our FBI background check and she's trying to get Grassley there to commit to it. Now. Clearly the senators we're trying to figure out in real time what the whole thing meant now, why does it matter? As I mentioned that this very hour is the news continues to come in on a Friday night, President Trump backing down because of what you just saw because of Jeff flake because Grassley said it was real ordering this probe to take place. Why does that matter? So much in a world where you can't tell between these hearings of between the posturing, what's real and what's allowed. And if you have friends who said, well, I believe the president, the FBI doesn't do this. Well, tonight the FBI is doing this. This is the same FBI probe, Donald Trump said, could not occur. I don't think the f. b. i. really should be involved because they don't want to be involved if they wanted to be. I would certainly do that. But as you know, they say this is not really their thing. Breaking news, the president has just put out a statement. Let me read it. I've ordered the FBI to conduct a supplemental investigation to update judge Kavanagh's file as the Senate has requested..
"senator flake" Discussed on 1A
"Johnson matter that you're going to like people do these things power. That's what you're telling me when you think for him. That was part of the confrontation in the elevator with two women to protesters who prevented Jeff flake time from getting to the hearing. They were literally physically holding the door open as it was buzzing and trying to close. This came soon after Jeff flake released a statement saying that he would indeed vote to recommend Brett Cavanaugh to become a Justice on the US supreme court. Ron Elving lemme start with you. Where are we? We are wear Mitch McConnell. The Senate majority leader insists we must be, which is plowing straight on through to quote him from one week ago today he has had a mission for decades to remake the federal judiciary. He has had the assistance of the federal society which is a private group of lawyers and other people interested in the law. It has been the mission of many of the people in the Senate and of several Republican presidents, and this is on the verge of. Being completed in a real sense by the confirmation of bread, cavenaugh cemented a five to four committed conservative majority on the supreme court and Mitch McConnell. One week ago today said, don't be concerned about all these allegations. He said this to group of locals who were meeting here in Washington, and he said, don't be concerned about all this. It's just background noise and we're going to plow right ahead and that's what we're doing. Despite everything that was heard yesterday and that lengthy and wrenching hearing before the Senate Judiciary committee where plowing right ahead, the committee is going to vote. We've been told that as you said, Senator flake is going to vote to proceed with the nomination that gives us eleven votes for Brett Cavanaugh on the committee today. And that means they're going to turn it over to the full Senate, which may commence the formal consideration of the nomination over the weekend on Saturday. So as to be able to complete it, Monday or Tuesday and install the judge on the supreme court. For the start of the term next week. It starts on Monday. He probably won't be there then, but he can be an robed and join his colleagues before the week is out. Yeah, the procedural vote. I believe it's formerly opened the debate and then closed. The debate would go Saturday through Monday, and then the vote could take place thereafter, either Monday or Tuesday, Joni Baltra. Let me come to you. I think that the drama of this we thought was going to peak yesterday with what we saw between professor Ford and judge Cavanaugh. Let's just take that one piece of it and leave today out for just a second since today is still in motion. I, I wonder what stands out to you the most from yesterday in terms of not only what the Senate thinks of Brad Kavanagh, but also what the nation thinks of Brett Kavanagh. Well, what I think happened yesterday is the nation saw and realized that what Cristine Blasi Ford is saying is real. This happened, but I think what you're seeing. Is that the Senate has made a calculation calculation already that it doesn't matter what happens in the midterms. It doesn't matter. Chuck Grassley said, you know, the burden is on her instead of on Brett Cavanaugh and and I think that's kind of backwards because he's the one seeking the job here. There's no excuse in my mind for no FBI investigation here even to hear from Mark judge. I mean, why does he get a pass? Why don't we have to hear from him? The hurry here is because time is not on the side of this nomination with regards to the FBI investigation CR, let me come to you with that..
"senator flake" Discussed on As It Happens from CBC Radio
"Judge Brett Kavanagh's nomination to the supreme court will go ahead to vote on the Senate floor, but there is a cabinet, the f. b. i. will investigate the sexual assault claims against the judge. I, the proposal was first floated by Republican Senator Jeff flake today in a surprise, move at the Senate Judiciary committee hours earlier, Senator flake was cornered in an elevator by survivors of sexual assault. Here's what that sounded like. All women got fatal matter that they should just stay quiet because if they tell you what happens to them, that's what happened to me. And that's what you're telling all win in America. The don't matter, they should just keep it to themselves because if they have told the truth jokin help that man to power. Anyway, that's what you're telling all of these women telling me right now. Look at me when I'm talking to you telling me that myself doesn't matter what happened to me doesn't matter. You're going to do these things power. That's what you're telling me when When you. you. Away from me. You'll like that. Highest everyone would making bodies. After that confrontation, the Senate Judiciary committee gathered to send judge Kavanagh's nomination to the full Senate for a vote. But at the last minute, Senator flake proposed something slightly different move the vote to the Senate floor, but order the FBI to investigate accusations of sexual assault against judge. Brett Cavanaugh I at first, there was confusion here is what the committee hearing sounded like to just one second can can be the. Description. Voting on. Let's see. We are voting on the motion to report the nomination to the floor jevon I wanna make sure because this is similar precedent on. I do agree with the Maradona that we, we should have this further investigation. So my understanding is during the week that that is taking place, there will be no action on the floor of the United States Senate. Let me say again, I'm not making. I can't make that commitment for the the leadership. I can only say I'll move it out of committee that I will only be comfortable moving on the floor until the FBI has done more investigation than they have already. The Senate committee voted eleven to ten to send judge ause nomination to the Senate floor. While the FBI investigates here is what Senator flake said in explaining his proposal. The Democrats who have been, I think, justifiably uncut. Trouble moving ahead. I'm not expecting the vote. Yes, but not to complain that an FBI investigation has not occurred this, what I'm trying to do this. It's countries being ripped apart here and and we've got to make sure that we do do. I think this committee has done a good job, but I do think that we can have a short pause and make sure that the f. b. i. can investigate Republican Senator Jeff flake explaining his proposal this afternoon. This is that Martinez is a Republican strategist and a supporter of judge Brett Kavanagh. We reached her in l. a. MS Martinez. Did you want to see Brett Cavanaugh approved by this Senate committee today? Yes, I did that for from the judiciary committee yet they did, and there was nothing that happened yesterday that shakes your confidence that he is the man who should be going to supreme court. The there is not necessarily. I think that this is a very serious matter that both parties deeply care about. So I think in the spirit of American do process, I've liked the senators recommendations for further FBI investigation. Now, I have a husband. I have a father. I have brothers, I believe in the American Justice process and political process. And I believe that individuals are innocent until proven guilty and I don't from my moral values, and my political values can never would never want to convict the managers joy amounts. Life based on inoculation that doesn't have any true evidence or cooperation. So just to go back to what you saw yesterday, Christine Blasi Ford under oath describes what happened to her horrific details. We don't need to repeat them..
"senator flake" Discussed on All In with Chris Hayes
"But I gotta tell you sitting in that room today. I couldn't imagine it was so disturbing to think of him being on the highest quart of the land for a lifetime appointment with the kind of behavior that he demonstrated today and just being a woman in that room and watching the wrath. I mean he was pounding his pen slamming. His finder shut interrupting the female senators. It was. It was just stonning. And so he really have the temperament now to serve on the court. And what's you know? Look all eyes are on the Republican senators. We've got, we've got a nine thirty AM vote tomorrow morning that they are refusing to pull down. And the only person that I saw who looked remotely distraught, Drake, Dr. Ford's testimony on the Republican side was Senator flake. I mean, I saw him listening intently Senator. Graham was like rolling. His is swimming in his chair. Those guys could've cared less. They were clear before that they were. Just gonna plow through this hearing, but you know, and then he gave that cryptic statement in the latter half where nobody actually knows where this is come out. He is on the committee that is set to vote jar MS thirteen hours tomorrow morning. Vanita Gupta. And thank you so much for making time after one day news learned that Senate Republicans are fishing finishing a meeting right now. Presumably haven't talked through what happens next very latest. Let's go to MSNBC's. Garrett cake on Capitol Hill garett. What's the latest Republicans spent about? Thirty forty five minutes in the strong Thurman room down off of Mitch, McConnell, suite of offices, downstairs hashing out their options and from everything we're able to tell from a Republican perspective, it sounds like they got what they wanted out of this hearing today. Senators on the judiciary committee have been coming out saying they do plan to hold this vote tomorrow. The chairman chairman Grassley was very careful to say only that they're having a meeting tomorrow. They're having a meeting tomorrow. They're having a meeting tomorrow would not go so far as to commit to the vote. But I'm told by one Senator in the room that there was a round of applause for chairman, Grassley and Lindsey, Graham, and that performance. It was just being discussed by your panel. That's the big Republican meeting that happened tonight. There was a second meeting that happened before that I think is potentially more. Interesting. And if Democrats and opponents of judge cabin organ, stop his nomination, it would come out of this meeting senators. Joe Manchin Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins, Jeff flake met privately in Susan Collins, hideaway in the capital. Just after the hearing was over all four of them are thought to be on the fence about this nomination. All four of them have been playing their cards, very close to the vest, particularly Collins and Murkowski who have gotten enormous pressure from both sides on this vote. I talked to Joe Manchin as they were leaving this meeting. He would only tell me that they didn't discuss the weather. They were very, very careful not to characterize that meeting. But again, two different sets of conversations going on about what happened here today, but it does appear. The Republicans are pressing forward with at least this committee vote. First thing tomorrow morning, Chris MSNBC's Garrett..
"senator flake" Discussed on Pat Gray Unleashed
"Eight. What about what about genders, men and women nomination. There's one hundred ten others teachers from that. Use the word inspired again? Really proud of, yes. What you have done. How you why believe. Okay. Tell me about only because of the Meyer consistent statements and the polygraph tests shirt and your request for an FBI investigation and your. Urging urging that this committee here from other witnesses who could corroborate or dispute your story. Sure. And also many bend everybody at the party has on about what you cannot remember. And I'm inspired someone composing story can make it all come together. In a seamless way. Someone who is honest, I speak from my experiences of prosecutors. Well. Is also candid about what she or he cannot remember. Sure. Mom. The the senators on the other side of the aisle have been silent. Is procedures unprecedented to not being silent confirmation hearing. But I want one of my colleagues you'd be inspired by them Senator Lindsey, Graham, and a book that he wrote in two thousand fifteen. When he was describing his own. Service and very distinguished naval service as a traveler, right? Traveler. I'm not under oath. He said, quote. Of his prosecutions of rape cases. Hello. I learned how much unexpected courage from a deep and hidden place. It takes for a rape victim or sexually abused child to testify against their assailant. I learned how much courage from deep and hidden place. It takes for a rape victim or sexually abused child to testify against their assailants. If we agree on nothing else today, I hope on a bipartisan basis. We can agree on how much courage it has taken for you to come forward. And I think you've earned America's gratitude. Now there's been some talk about you're requesting. BI investigation. And you mentioned a point just a few minutes ago that you could better estimate. The. Time that you ran into Mark judge, if you knew the time that he was working at that supermarket, that's a fact that could be uncovered by an FBI investigation. That's really award help to know when she talked further elucidate to Mark drudge. Safeway, that's super important. You light Mark judge to be interviewed in connection with the background investigation and the serious like that credible allegations night. That would be my preference. I'm not sure it's really up to me, but I certainly would feel like I could be more helpful to everyone if I knew the date that he worked at the Safeway so that I could give a more specific date of the assault. It's not up to you. It's up to the present United States and his failure to ask for an FBI investigation in my view is tantamount to a cover up determined. Oh, my go-. Good. Golly. Fight miss metro for Senator flake. Thank you. In, we've heard this morning up solution times that you did take a polygraph and that was on August seventh. Is that right? I believe so as the day I was flying from BWI to Manchester New Hampshire. Okay. Why did you decide to take a polygraph. I didn't see any reason not to do it. Were you advised to do that. You're seeming to call for communications between council and client? I don't think you mean to do that if you do, she shouldn't have to answer that. What console. Could you let her answer the extent to which doesn't violate the relationship between you and Ford..
"senator flake" Discussed on The 11th Hour with Brian Williams
"And that empty seat that jonathan's talking about is important point because when i'm talking to senate republicans and their advisers they're saying it's enough of a struggle right now to deal with the nomination of pompeo mike pompeo to be the next secretary of state that was a process today trying to get senator paul to come along moving into the floor then they have to deal with the next day director that's that nomination ms bills already coming under scrutiny and so the senate republicans looking ahead to the midterms looking just at the calendar they're saying enough even if it takes time to vet dr jackson they're okay with it because they've got enough on their plate already and robert a fair question to ask because we did in real time today watch rand paul and jeff flake come around on this nomination to be secretary of state and reasonable people could reasonably ask what did they get based on your experiences this a federal judge or an infrastructure program or was it just ideology based change of heart they her from the nominee what they needed to hear senator flake is more important here in a sense of senator paul who has a relationship with the president the president knows that paul counts on the president support to keep his conservative base in line even though he has libertarian he wants to have the trump voter as well senator flakes heading for the exit door but they know the senate republicans from the paul wing to the flake wing that pompeo may be the best at this moment they can get as republicans into that secretary of state slot so when who actually has a relationship with the president and can get approved by the senate in the next few months and so is the perfect nominee in there is no but they also know that there's not a lot of other people on the agenda on the docket who could step up and fill in if he fell away actually parker the malfeasance that cost the job of the secretary of health and human services now looks like jaywalking and i say that because mr pruitt at the epa to be perfectly honest every day in our editorial meeting and i'm quite sure in yours someone goes through the litany.
Trump to roll out plan to combat opioids with no clear funding plan
"Wild wings i'm pam coulter president trump plans to unveil his plan to curb the nation's opioid epidemic tomorrow it includes the death penalty for drug dealers and a goal of cutting opioid prescriptions by a third in three years brandeis university dr andrew kalani says any plan needs funding what we didn't hear from the administration and perhaps we'll hear tomorrow is some specifics on how they intend to achieve these goals and what we still haven't had from the administration is a request for real funding to tackle this problem there's renewed concern that mr trump plans to get rid of russia's special counsel robert muller i'm tom foty the latest presidential tweets renewed speculation and apprehension about what mr trump might have in mind for an investigator investigating him retiring republican senator jeff flake don't go there we have confidence in muller i certainly do and and i think my colleagues do as well so i hope that the pushback is now to keep the president from going there and what if he does once he goes after muller then we'll take action i think that people see that as a massive red line senator flake was on cnn state of the union tom foty cbs news washington after winning another term as russia's president president vladimir putin told reporters he'd cooperate with britain's investigation into the poisoning of a former russian spy but denied any russian involvement russia does not have those weapons russia's most all its chemical weapons some believe president trump will pull out of the iran nuclear deal in may ploughshares fund president joseph kony says it would have to be salvaged by european nations in western europeans can find some way to mollify the president i think the president will leave the deal and this will be a disaster for american national security the family of a dog that died on.
Trump reaffirms plan to meet Kim Jong Un by end of May
"Number one source for news is his newsradio w g o w chattanooga a cumulus station summit still on now the investigation i'm michael toscano president trump reaffirmed his plan to meet with north korean leader kim jong un by the end of may this afternoon during a call with south korea's president trump voice with the white house describes as cautious optimism over recent developments it's a combination recovery operation and investigation now at miami's florida international university workers are still trying to get some of the cars crushed under the pedestrian bridge that trumbull down as others try to figure out why it happened removing almost two million pounds of concrete and steel is just one of the jobs still facing miami's first responders most critical thing is to get to the victims get the remitted to the remains of the people that are underneath that bridge miami dade police director juan perez we want to get to the bottom line of water card so that we can bring closure to the families bring closure to the investigation and so that doesn't happen again the ntsb is running its own investigation looking at engineering design and the human factors that may have caused the collapse rory o'neill miami the official death toll is six renegade republican senator jeff flake of arizona doesn't want to stay in the senate but there's considerable speculation he's running for president flake address that this morning in washington not running for re election to the senate running for president is not in my plans but i have not ruled anything out and then senator flake got on a plane and flew to new hampshire really and there he criticized president trump calling for a return to decency encouraging job numbers today as ann cates tells us there were six point three million open positions at the beginning of the year an all time high according to the labor department roughly the same number of people about five and a half million found work or left their jobs in january for two thousand seventeen the number of people hired topped sixty five million while the number of workers who quit hit thirty eight million thanks on wall street stocks are mixed now the dow industrial the nasdaq narrowly down stocks heading toward a loss for the week i'm michael toscano kids work traffic the reasons.
Jeff Flake considers 2020 primary bid to challenge Trump
"The clinton email controversy the move would put into peril mccabe's pension he built obo or twenty two years at the fbi republican senator jeff flake lake is fueling more speculation about a primary challenge against president trump he sounded like a presidential candidate but senator flake told the politics and eggs breakfast in manchester new hampshire the odds are long he'll take on president trump and twenty twenty the zone and drew laughs when he referred to himself as a never trump est and the sub genus rhino before you today the rarest species the american conservative flake is retiring from the senate in a statement the republican national committee said the president is delivering on his campaign promises they expect him to be reelected in washington rachel sutherland fox news.
"senator flake" Discussed on Here & Now
"Um and right now republicans seem confident they're going to get it because they really believe that the everyone's going to come together for the party to make the case that they need to do this to have a win for this year um but i think we're gonna see some gamesmanship right last minute people like marco rubio trying to hold the rope backs for to get some of their priorities through but you think they'll eventually support the bill i think i'm that's my guess yazit it could come down to the wire but the there's enough momentum behind the republicans they could move it through next week we'll them rhino and ask you because it is a republican crafted deal are they ready to get rid of the individual mandate sounds like they are but estimates say to lead to thirteen million people losing their health insurance you have the father with aol s eighty barkan who confronted jeff flake on an airplane about his vote on this he's in congress this weekend is wheelchair begging lawmakers not to cut the healthcare they could give him a few more years with his child not a very good optic any hesitation brian there are senators like jeff flake who know that this is a really difficult issue for them and i think that roy morris loss in alabama has emboldened those senators who have stood up to donald trump in the past like like senator flake and in his possible they'll try to use that that moment um for some leverage to uh to try to take a little bit farther on the individual mandate but you will have to it will have to watch and see how the how the game play out jesse well one of the things that we're seeing now is for the first time the power of the individual center especially on the republican side because mitch mcconnell needs every single republican for this to pass so now we're seeing people like what marco rubio is doing and he's not going to surprise me to see some other senators other apopka so start bringing up their pet issues because mcconnell needs them and even one vote could scuttle the whole thing so i don't think we're we're at the end of the gates michelle it wouldn't surprise me to see susan collins or ted cruz for more jeff flake bring up their own personal issue.
"senator flake" Discussed on The 11th Hour with Brian Williams
"I'll bump along the road and that they're going to fix this problem overnight essentially what happened was earlier today a group of these deficit hawks and we talked about center corker senator flake and senator ron johnson of wisconsin decided that they wanted to make sure that this bill wasn't going to add to the deficit in the in the long term in the future there is a problem though that they got a score from the congressional score keepers from the jcd that said that this bill would do only about a third of the work that they thought it would to growing the economy so they had a bunch of money that they needed to make up and they were starting to feel little squeamish about whether or not the tax cuts were really a good idea so they're going back to the drawing board trying to find a way to make it so that they don't blow up the deficit so i'm hearing some of these names that are getting wobbly we saw corker and the fullcourt press that surrounded them but also johnson flake and collins and if too much of that happens shifty to forty eight starts to goal we really fast it does what we should note that senator collins did and kind of stay in line through all of this year one of the people who she wants to get to yes as we talk to her she talks about how leaders are coming her way and how she feels like she's getting more and more comfortable with this bill who were seen go get further away is the two very important people who are retiring jeff flake and bob corker they're going in here their longterm deficit hawks and they have a reputation to uphold and this may be one of their last acts so they want to put a stamp down saying that they left congress and they left the economy in a place that they can respect while i have you on the sexual harassment from three issues it as quickly emerging as the defining one for the letter of 2017 and beyond john conyers what are the big names who have come out and called for the seniormost man in the house to step down while we've seen uh speaker ryan and house minority leader nancy pelosi said that it's time for congress to resign.
"senator flake" Discussed on PBS NewsHour
"Had to say about the two republican senators from arizona last night the state where he was he didn't call them out by name senator mccain and senator flake but he went after both of them as he has in the past and we know in the last few days of reporting that he got into a shouting match with the republican leader of the senate mitch mcconnell in the last few days today both mcconnell and the white house a put out statements saying there's still working together but clearly there's been some really some bad blood how do you look on that well one of the things julie i learn as i was crisscrossing in my district going all these dairy queens is that people realise his way more that unites us than divides us that that that that that is appropriate for our party that's report appropriate for us all of us as legislators and i think our time should be spent on talking about those things that unite us as americans and deliver for the the american public and i think that is something that is a better use of everyone's time and this is but a further the cause of the american people a lot more than focusing on divisions and do you think the president is talking about unifying americans and now i don't think so and again you know the bully pulpit that the president has is is pretty significant and i think that's one of the things that i've learned in in march two and a half years in in congress is the american people want to see us transcend party label and transcend in our and actually get things done deliver to the american people and i think if we were focus on that we would be seeing a lot more folks happy with what's going on in washington dc representative will heard of texas thank you very much always.
"senator flake" Discussed on NBC Meet the Press
"Mandates really to permit the speakers it is as heather points out just sort of the outliers who get focus and i'm gonna go back to this issue because it feels as if if this were simply a debate about conservatism versus populism it would be one thing but it's trump's character dan that sort of calm frankly complicates the debate for for the for the right well it does although i think there's there's there's two problems that the republican party has or to differ debates that they're having there's the debate that was occurring pre donald trump which was in a sense kind of the ted cruz view of the world versus the marco rubio view of the world do we need a hardline conservative to carry our banner or do we need to have something that someone who reaches out in expands the coalition that debate got smothered in 2016 by donald trump who brought in populism and so you now have this multiple clash within the party and trump's behavior trump style trump's operating and style changes the way a lot of people think about all of those aspects i think that senator flake has done a great service actually to the debate and i think that what he's doing right now is extremely important you know he says we the republican party created donald trump i think that his diagnoses are spot on i think his prescription about what to do about it is kuzmic i mean he says basically that donald trump is now a threat to republican only the congress can save them stop him and then he just falls a little bit short david what should he do like what is it i mean i that was a.
"senator flake" Discussed on Erin Burnett OutFront
"Chung law is out front this has been shown who is on now is jeff flake in trouble if so why the answers lighting up conservative talk radio in the red state of arizona in our party would expect him to vote along with the majority of our party earlier you very much you have to support trump in this state right now to win that's the question we're going to test with the jeff flake candidacy arizona senator jeff blake's 2018 reelection all ready being challeged as the white house hunts for more loyal republican senator flake from never endorse trump's candidacy instead of going to the convention telling reporter i've got a mole my lawn in september still lukewarm or would still vote for donald trump trump than calling flake very weak and ineffective their relationship since there was a bit tones the started out so i've been critical and i have a perilous path under a president who has a public penchant for revenge i think it's really important if somebody screws you screw them back in spades sensing boehner ability and play kelley board has already announced her candidacy you have the trump signed yes on the wall why why such antimalaria now because i want to make america great again she lost in the primary to senator john mccain last but thinks it's different this time in has some one from the white house specifically called you to encourage you to run against senator frei or you know i've i've met with people at the white house i was there a couple of weeks ago how real is this effort to oust senator flick i would say it's extremely real and i i would be concerned if i were incumbent radio.