Flake announced his resignation from Congress on Monday and said he will be holding a press conference later this week to address his “conflict” with his former colleagues.
The Arizona senator told reporters at a Capitol news conference on Monday that he has resigned and that he will continue to be a full-time member of the Senate.
“I am resigning from the United States Senate,” he said.
“This is my personal decision.
I am leaving the United Kingdom, I’m leaving the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, I am departing the United Nations, I have decided to do my personal best and do the best that I can with my remaining time in the United State Senate, Flake said.
He said he resigned as chairman because he “couldn’t find a way to make this work.” “
The conflict of interest here is that I was serving as chairman of the Judiciary Committee when I had an agreement in place with the Trump administration, which is that my seat would be open until 2021,” Flake said, referencing a deal with President Donald Trump that would allow Flake to serve in the Senate until 2023.
He said he resigned as chairman because he “couldn’t find a way to make this work.”
In his announcement, Flake also said he would not seek re-election.
“There’s no way that I’m going to be able to be the best person to represent Arizona, the best senator for Arizona, to continue to fight for the people of Arizona,” he told reporters.
“It’s going to take me a lot longer than that.”
Flake is one of the most vulnerable Senate Republicans facing re-elections in the 2018 midterm elections.
He has been a thorn in Trump’s side in the House, which has been rocked by the investigations into Trump’s ties to Russia.
Trump won reelection by nearly 10 percentage points in 2016.
Flake was one of several Senate Republicans who have come under fire for their opposition to Trump, including his decision to appoint Alabama Sen. Luther Strange to the seat of retiring Sen. Thad Cochran, who was forced to resign amid the Russia investigation.
The Senate Ethics Committee is investigating whether Trump or his campaign illegally interfered in the race for the seat vacated by Cochran.
“We cannot continue to allow the president to do what he has done in the past, and he continues to do,” Flake told reporters on Monday.
“If we are going to continue down this road, we have to get past the fact that he is a very divisive president.”
Flake has not indicated whether he plans to seek reëlection in 2020.
“Let’s face it, we are not in the best position to govern, to be an effective advocate for the American people, to defend the Constitution of the United