WASHINGTON ― In a shocking defeat for President Donald Trump, Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) introduced Thursday that he just cannot assistance his controversial judicial nominee Thomas Farr, torpedoing the nomination.
Scott said in assertion, very first documented by The Point out, that a 1991 Justice Office memo leaked this week raised fears for him more than Farr’s position in a voter suppression scheme that took position for the duration of the 1984 and 1990 strategies of Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.). Farr worked with Helms’ campaign at the time.
“I am completely ready and prepared to assistance strong candidates for our judicial vacancies that do not have lingering fears about issues that could have an impact on their conclusion-generating method as a federal judge,” Scott said in his assertion. “This week, a Office of Justice memo penned underneath President George H.W. Bush was introduced that get rid of new gentle on Mr. Farr’s functions. This, in transform, designed more fears. Weighing these important components, this afternoon I concluded that I could not assistance Mr. Farr’s nomination.”
Without the need of Scott’s assistance, and with Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) currently indicating he was a no vote, Farr doesn’t have the votes to be confirmed to the U.S. District Court docket for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Every Democrat opposed him.
Civil legal rights groups and the Congressional Black Caucus have been striving to sink Farr’s nomination for nearly a year. The 64-year-previous lawyer wrote North Carolina’s excessive voter ID legislation in 2013, which was later struck down by a federal appeals court. The court uncovered the legislation qualified black people “with practically surgical precision.”
Farr also defended the state’s racially discriminatory gerrymandering in federal court in 2015 (and misplaced), and he may possibly have lied to the Senate about his position in disenfranchising tens of 1000’s of black voters when he worked for Helms in 1990.
“It is unconscionable that the Senate would even contemplate another person with Thomas Farr’s document,” Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Authorized Protection Fund, said Tuesday. “In 2018, this really should simply just be unacceptable.”
Scott’s rejection of Farr marks the next time he’s opposed just one of Trump’s court picks. In July, the South Carolina Republican refused to assistance circuit court nominee Ryan Bounds, citing his document of racist writings in university. His vote killed that nomination, also.