Flake stokes presidential speculation as court debate rages

  • In this Sept. 28, 2018 photo, Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., center, speaks with reporters after meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. in his office in the Capitol in Washington. Flake is stoking new speculation about a possible presidential run as he emerges as a central figure in the explosive debate over President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick. Flake was scheduled to speak in New Hampshire Monday evening, his second appearance this year in the state that hosts the nation’s first presidential primary election. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

BOSTON — The Republican senator who suddenly sits at the center of the explosive Supreme Court debate vowed Monday to ensure the FBI does “a real investigation” into President Donald Trump’s nominee as he trekked across New England while exploring a possible run for president.