Senate panel delays Trump’s judicial picks amid Mueller standoff

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The Senate Judiciary Committee is postponing votes on nearly two dozen judiciary nominees for the second time in as many weeks.

The decision to punt the business meeting again comes as Republicans are locked in a stalemate with Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) over legislation protecting special counsel Robert Mueller.

Flake is voting against all judicial nominees until he gets a vote on the bill, which would let Mueller, or any special counsel, challenge the firing and be reinstated if a court determined it wasn’t for “good cause.”

With Republicans holding an 11-10 majority on the Judiciary Committee, Flake’s “no” vote effectively blocks the party from sending judicial nominees to the full Senate unless they can win over help from Democrats. – READ MORE

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