Report: Jeff Flake in Discussions to Join CBS News

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 28: U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) speaks to members of the media after a meeting in the office of Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) September 28, 2018 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump has ordered a one-week-long supplemental FBI background …
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Recently-retired Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) is in talks with CBS News to join the major broadcast network, according to a report.

Flake, who was among the Senate’s most vociferous critics of President Donald Trump, was reportedly seen at CBS News’ office in Manhattan Friday. While details are few about the role Flake is in negotiations for, the Hollywood Reporter says the ex-lawmaker could “serve in the standard role for ex-politicians, as an on-air contributor — or as something more.” Flake, nor CBS News would comment on the report.

In his final Senate floor speech, Flake, declining to run for re-election in 2017, warned that the U.S. faces “threats” from within its political system, stating “to say that our politics is not healthy is something of an understatement.”

“I believe that we all know well that this is not a normal time, that the threats to our democracy from within and without are real, and none of us can say with confidence how the situation that we now find ourselves in will turn out,” Flake said. “[T]o say that our politics is not healthy is something of an understatement.”

Speaking to reporters last week, President Trump criticized Flake and then-Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) for their long-standing criticism of him and predicted the Arizona Republican would likely take a job at CNN.

The Daily Beast previously reported Flake met with CNN president Jeff Zucker and MSNBC president Phil Griffin to discuss a pundit gig. “That’s down the road—that’s six months,” Flake chuckled when asked about the reported meetings.

On Monday, CNN announced Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) and Mia Love (R-UT) as new political commentators for the partisan network.

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