CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin Praises Jeff Flake After Calling Him ‘Pathetic’ Just Three Days Before

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CNN’s chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin heaped praise on Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona on “New Day” Monday morning, after calling him “pathetic” just three days before.

“Jeff Flake, having called for the hearing, didn’t even bother to use his five minutes,” Toobin said on “New Day” on Friday. (RELATED: CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin Calls Jeff Flake ‘Pathetic’ For Not Doing Enough To Stop Brett Kavanaugh)

“If there is a weaker, more pathetic political figure in the United States than Jeff Flake, I’m not aware of who it is,” he continued Friday. “And I thought yesterday was a classic demonstration of his inability to stand for anything.”

After Flake changed his position and supported a week-long delay to allow the FBI to investigate Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Toobin had nothing but positive things to say about him Monday.

“How many times do I have to grovel before Jeff Flake,” Toobin asked jokingly.


“A lot of people take notes on what I say, but not everybody does. I was very critical of Jeff Flake before last week that he like — big talk and no action and I was wrong.”

Toobin credited Flake for being the one who initiated the FBI probe of Kavanaugh and continued to salute the outgoing senator, who’s set to leave Congress next year.

“He is the person who got this FBI probe going,” Toobin concluded. “It was all his initiative. Hats off to him.”

Flake gave an interview to CBS’s “60 Minutes” Sunday with Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware and said there was “not a chance” he would have supported the probe, if he were still up for reelection.

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