Senator Jeff Flake Holds Up Judicial Nominee Britt Grant

Roll Call is reporting that Arizona Senator Jeff Flake (R) is holding up 11th Circuit Court nominee Britt Grant of Georgia.  Why?  He’s not saying publicly, but it sounds like it has nothing to do with Grant herself.  It’s no secret that Senator Flake never boarded the Trump Train, so his resistance to anything or anyone associated or nominated by President Donald Trump isn’t shocking.

Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson confronted his colleague about the issue saying it was irresponsible use of Senate privilege to block Grant.  From Roll Call:

Isakson said he believes in using the hold only when it’s absolutely essential. “I went and confronted him and said I really needed him to let her go. She’s a terrific judge,” he said. “[Flake] has no reason for her not to go forward.”

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) gave positive remarks on Grant and her nomination, but never called for a vote.  Chairman Grassley said that his staff indicated that they didn’t have the votes to proceed last week, but Grant’s nomination could be up for a vote later week as she is on the agenda for the Committee.

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Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Isakson said he believes in using the hold only when it’s absolutely essential.

Merrick Garland called. Says Isakson should cry him a river.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Tell Garland to get back to work at the office of Gary Martin Hayes…

edatlanta
edatlanta

Republicans held up how many dozens (IIRC hundreds) of Obama-era nominees did Republicans hold up?

*yawns*

atlindy
atlindy

Nathan this post is unfair. I am no fan of Jeff Flake, but the guy has supported all of the president’s judicial – and Cabinet – nominees such far, including Gorsuch. So this: “It’s no secret that Senator Flake never boarded the Trump Train, so his resistance to anything or anyone associated or nominated by President Donald Trump isn’t shocking” is out of line. It is 180 degrees in opposition to the facts and sounds like something that would be produced by Breitbart, The Gateway Pundit, or Fox News after the new ownership (as opposed to their earlier days when… Read more »

bethebalance
bethebalance

To encapsulate: Just because we don’t know the reason doesn’t mean there is no reason. And just because we don’t know the reason doesn’t mean he should be branded with a scarlet letter. It may wind up being raw vindictiveness, but it is more likely some sort of log rolling.

xdog
xdog

Did Isakson manage to keep a straight face when he mouthed those platitudes?

FreeDuck
FreeDuck

Could it possibly have something to do with pressuring the administration to stop stealing babies at the border? Flake is on record as opposing that, to his credit.