Thursday, July 19, 2018

UPDATE/WATCH: Flake Goes Full Orwell On Senate Floor; Cornyn Nixes Post-Summit Resolution, Says He Believes Trump Misspoke

Arizona Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and colleague Chris Coons (D-DE) were unsuccessful this morning in their attempt to push through their post-Trump/Putin Summit resolution.

Arizona's Politics published the text of the resolution yesterday and noted that they hoped to pass by unanimous consent. Those hopes were dashed this morning when Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) objected to the symbolic nature of the resolution.

Flake led off his pitch by extensively quoting George Orwell's 1984 and comparing it to the President's comments and actions.
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Cornyn stood to object, after which Flake ad libbed a promise to keep bringing it back until it passes. (He has tried this tactic before when the Republican leadership is opposed to bringing a bill/resolution to the floor.)  Cornyn noted that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had briefed Trump on the impending indictment of Russian intelligence hackers before the summit; Cornyn therefore believes that indicates that the President did misspeak in Helsinki when he said he wasn't sure whether the Russians were responsible.

Both Cornyn's objection and the Flake response are below:
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