Flake: I sometimes feel like I'm 'without a party'

Flake: I sometimes feel like I'm 'without a party'
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Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeSen. Coons examines Amazon's privacy and data security practices for Alexa devices Oil companies join blitz for carbon tax The Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget MORE (R-Ariz.) said Monday evening that he sometimes feels like he doesn't belong to a political party.

“I sometimes feel like a man temporarily without a party,” he said during a speech at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College, according to The Washington Post.

Flake also criticized his party during the speech, saying members of the GOP have "given in to the terrible tribal impulse that first mistakes our opponents for our enemies."

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“And then we become seized with the conviction that we must destroy that enemy," he said.

Flake's speech came days after he voted in the Senate Judiciary Committee to recommend Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh for confirmation by the full Senate. He also said at the time, however, that he would support Kavanaugh in the full Senate only if there were first an FBI investigation into accusations of sexual misconduct against the nominee. 

Flake's call for an investigation, and Republican Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Collins offering bill to boost battery research as GOP pushes energy 'innovation' Biden says Congress must move to protect abortion rights MORE's (Maine) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiMurkowski celebrates birthday with electric scooter ride Overnight Energy: Park Service plans to pay full-time staff through entrance fees | Oil companies join blitz for carbon tax | Interior chief takes heat for saying he hasn't 'lost sleep' over climate change Democrats grill Trump Interior chief for saying he hasn't 'lost sleep' over climate change MORE's (Alaska) subsequent support of Flake's suggestion, prompted President TrumpDonald John TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE to ask the FBI to reopen its background investigation into Kavanaugh.

Flake said Monday that the investigation needs to be a "real investigation," according to the Post.

“It does no good to have an investigation that just gives us more cover,” Flake said. “We actually need to find out what we can find out. And we have to realize that we may not be able to find out everything that happened.”

The Senate currently plans to vote on Kavanaugh "this week," according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' New Yorker cover titled 'The Shining' shows Graham, McConnell, Barr polishing Trump's shoes MORE (R-Ky.).