Flake was recorded as telling Mesa mayor and fellow Republican, John Giles, via a hot mic belonging to local ABC News affiliate KNXV.
Among the many congressional Republicans who have announced they will not be seeking reelection in 2018, Arizona Sen.
Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeGOP rushes to cut ties to Moore Flake on Moore defenders: "This can not be who we are" GOP senators raise concerns over tax plan MORE (R-Ariz.) on Saturday declared there was "no news" after reports surfaced of the Arizona Republican warning that the GOP will be "toast" if it aligns itself with President Trump and Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore. After Giles' comment, a third man made Flake aware his microphone was still on so he could turn it off.
Flake has also been unsparing in his criticism of Moore, the Republican candidate in next month's Alabama Senate special election. "Anyway, I hope you do it", ABC reports.
Mayor Giles didn't disagree with Flake's assessment of the Republican Party, but instead appeared to encourage the senator to pursue a presidential campaign in 2020.
Neither Flake nor Giles have issued statements on what they said, nor has President Trump. "Other than step aside immediately", Flake wrote in a tweet published to his official Twitter account earlier this week after Beverly Young Nelson became the fifth woman to come forward with allegations against Moore.
Flake has also criticized Moore in the past for stating that Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., should not be seated in Congress because Ellison is a Muslim. "If we become the party of Roy Moore and Donald Trump, we are toast", Flake can be heard saying.