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 FlakeFlake donating unused campaign funds to Arizona nonprofit focused on elections: report Biden nominates former Sen. Tom Udall as New Zealand ambassador Biden to nominate Jane Hartley as UK ambassador: report 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 - Presented by Uber - Biden makes his pitch as tax questions mount Emanuel defends handling of Chicago police shooting amid opposition to nomination Emanuel to take hot seat in Senate confirmation hearing MORE's (Maine) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiDemocrats look for plan B on filibuster Senate will vote on John Lewis voting bill as soon as next week Overnight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — FDA moves to sell hearing aids over-the-counter MORE's (Alaska) subsequent support of Flake's suggestion, prompted President TrumpDonald TrumpHarris stumps for McAuliffe in Virginia On The Money — Sussing out what Sinema wants Hillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — The Facebook Oversight Board is not pleased 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 McConnellBiden says he's open to altering, eliminating filibuster to advance voting rights Pelosi says GOP senators 'voted to aid and abet' voter suppression for blocking revised elections bill Manchin insists he hasn't threatened to leave Democrats MORE (R-Ky.).