Senator caught out roasting Trump, Moore
Republican Senator Jeff Flake has been caught on an open microphone saying the GOP is "toast" if it follows US President Donald Trump and Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.
The Arizona senator was talking to the mayor of the Phoenix suburb of Mesa offstage on Friday after speaking at a town hall session for aerospace company workers.
He apparently didn't know the microphone attached to his lapel was still on when he said , "(If we) become the party of Roy Moore and Donald Trump, we are toast."Powerful winds raise California fire risk
TV stations at the event picked up his comment.
Flake later tweeted a link to a story about the remark and said, "No news here. I've been saying this to anyone who will listen."
Flake has been an outspoken critic of Trump and announced in a forceful speech on the Senate floor last month that he would not seek re-election next year. He acknowledged that he could not win a GOP primary in the current political climate.Trump allies say emails unlawfully gained
Flake also has criticised Moore, who is facing allegations of sexual misconduct against teenage girls decades ago and calls to drop his bid for the US Senate. Flake said he would "vote for the Democrat" if he were in Alabama and had to choose between Moore and Democratic challenger Doug Jones.