The Republican senator told the Arizona Republic that the Supreme Court vacancy is “unaffected” by his pledge to block Mr. Trump’s judicial nominees.
“My goal here is not to block judges. My goal is to get a vote on tariffs, and I have all the leverage I need with circuit court nominees,” he said, “I have all the leverage I need. I certainly wasn’t anticipating a Supreme Court vacancy, but it’s unaffected.”
The Arizona senator said he would be looking for a nominee in the same vein as Justice Neil Gorsuch.
Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal specifically named Mr. Flake as a potential ally for Democrats fighting against the president’s pick during an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
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