Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., sat down to talk to CNBC’s John Harwood on an array of issues. Here, the retiring conservative lawmaker discusses how the White House, specifically chief of staff John Kelly, handled the Rob Porter domestic abuse scandal.
JOHN HARWOOD: What do you conclude through the Rob Porter situation about the competence as well as character of This specific White House?
SEN. JEFF FLAKE: Well, I think the item was handled extremely poorly. Some of them have admitted that will — others, not so much. however the item was handled poorly. as well as there’s a problem long term if we have dozens of people acting on interim security clearances, viewing classified material, handling classified material as well as getting those briefings. the item’s not a not bad situation. I’ve already written to the administration, asking for answers on a few things.
HARWOOD: Do you think the president needs a completely new chief of staff?
FLAKE: that will’s his choice to make.
HARWOOD: however what’s your view?
FLAKE: I don’t think he was well served on This specific issue. On various other issues, he’s been better served. I’ve had disagreements with the chief of staff.
HARWOOD: So do you think This specific is actually something he could get past as well as be effective?
FLAKE: I don’t know. We’ll see, however probably. I mean, This specific is actually a tough job. Anybody who includes a chief of staff job in This specific White House has got his work cut out for him, or her work cut out for her.