WASHINGTON – Sen. Tim Scott, the only black Republican in the Senate, announced Thursday he would oppose a controversial President Donald Trump judicial nominee, killing the judge’s chances of confirmation to be a federal judge
In announcing his decision, the South Carolina senator cited a Department of Justice memo obtained by The Washington Post that included information on Thomas Farr’s alleged role in the intimidation of black voters by the Sen. Jesse Helms campaign.
Scott said the memo “created more concerns” and Thursday afternoon he decided he could not support Farr.
“I am ready and willing to support strong candidates for our judicial vacancies that do not have lingering concerns about issues that could affect their decision-making process as a federal judge,” Scott said.
Farr has denied that he was involved in the intimidation, according to The Charlotte Observer.
Scott’s announcement followed Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., earlier in the day who said he was “not prepared to support Tom Farr, regardless.” Flake has been holding up all judicial nominations over demands that the Senate bring up an unrelated bill to protect the special counsel but on Thursday he said even if he got that vote he still could not support Farr.
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