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Jeff Flake bites lip

"It would satisfy me if it became law because I voted for it".

On Wednesday, McConnell blocked a request by retiring Sen. There are now 21 judicial nominees awaiting a vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) plans to swap his chairmanship of the Senate Judiciary Committee for that of the Finance Committee, seemingly clearing the way for Sen. Christopher Coons, D-Del., to bring the bill to the Senate floor, the Hill reported.

"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 a confirmation vote on the floor", Flake said Wednesday, "until S. 2644 is brought to the full Senate for a vote". Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, said Thursday that they support the special counsel legislation, but they did not indicate they'd join Flake in using judges as leverage to force such a vote. Grassley said he would not be "in the forefront with Flake advocating that the leader do so and so" but that he wouldn't be opposed to the bill's passing either. "Looking ahead, at the Finance Committee, I want to continue to work to make sure that as many Americans as possible get to experience this good economy for themselves".

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The legislation would codify existing Department of Justice regulations requiring that the special counsel can only be fired for good cause by a Senate-confirmed Justice Department official.

"Universities will someday study what highly conflicted (and NOT Senate approved) Bob Mueller and his gang of Democrat thugs have done to destroy people".


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