Flake: Republican Party ‘is a frog slowly boiling in water’

Retiring Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeLindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight Kelly, McSally virtually tied in Arizona Senate race: poll The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Nareit — White House cheers Republicans for storming impeachment hearing MORE (R-Ariz.) said in a new interview that the Republican Party has been inured to the danger of President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy Official testifies that Bolton had 'one-on-one meeting' with Trump over Ukraine aid Louisiana governor wins re-election MORE's continued criticism of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSpeier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' Comey: Mueller 'didn't succeed in his mission because there was inadequate transparency' MORE

"It’s like the party is a frog slowly boiling in water, being conditioned to not be worried, to not think too hard about what’s happening around them,” Flake told The Washington Post.

“They feel at a loss about what to do because it’s the president’s party, without any doubt," he said. "So, there’s a lot of whistling by the graveyard these days.”

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Flake, who has been a longtime critic of Trump's, is in a standoff with other Senate Republicans over Trump's judicial nominees.

The Arizona Republican has refused to vote for any of them until the Senate votes on legislation that would protect Mueller, who is investigating alleged collusion between Trump's 2016 campaign and Russia.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has postponed votes on nearly two dozen judiciary nominees as Flake stands for the legislation he sponsored.

Flake has said he believes the bill has the votes to pass the Senate.

Rudy Giuliani, who is representing Trump in the Mueller probe, dismissed Flake's criticism in comments to the Post.

"He’s a bitter, bitter man,” Giuliani said of Flake. “It’s sick. Nobody likes him and they would like him gone.”