Tim Scott: Opposition to Trump judicial nominee unchanged despite conservative criticism

Tim Scott: Opposition to Trump judicial nominee unchanged despite conservative criticism
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Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottHow expanded credit data can help tackle inequities Dems erupt over GOP 'McCarthyism' as senators vet Biden bank watchdog pick Why Democrats' prescription drug pricing provision would have hurt seniors MORE (R-S.C.) said Wednesday that he's still opposed to one of President TrumpDonald TrumpHillicon Valley — State Dept. employees targets of spyware Ohio Republican Party meeting ends abruptly over anti-DeWine protesters Jan. 6 panel faces new test as first witness pleads the Fifth MORE's judicial nominees, and questioned why conservative critics have fixated on getting Thomas Farr on the bench.

Scott, the lone black Republican in the Senate, hit back at the authors of a letter urging him to reconsider his objections to Farr, who did not have the votes to advance as a nominee for the Eastern District of North Carolina amid concerns about his involvement in a case that disenfranchised black voters.

“For some reason the authors of this letter choose to ignore ... facts, and instead implicate that I have been co-opted by the left and am incapable of my own decision making,” Scott said in a statement to McClatchy.

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Scott met with Farr on Wednesday, McClatchy reported, but said that the conversation did not alleviate his concerns about the judge's nomination.

McClatchy reported that 31 conservative activists and officials wrote to Scott this week to defend Farr and suggest that the senator was part of a partisan attack on the judge.

“Why they have chosen to expend so much energy on this particular nomination I do not know, but what I do know is they have not spent anywhere near as much time on true racial reconciliation efforts, decrying comments by those like (Rep.) Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingMcCarthy laments distractions from far-right members War of words escalates in House House votes to censure Gosar and boot him from committees MORE (R-Iowa), or working to move our party together towards a stronger, more unified future,” Scott added.

King has come under fire for comments in a recent New York Times interview in which he questioned when terms like "white supremacist" became offensive. The congressman has a history of making racist comments and derisive remarks toward immigrants.

The Trump administration has yet to renominate Farr for the federal court after Scott and former Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeRubio vows to slow-walk Biden's China, Spain ambassador nominees Senate confirms Thomas Nides as US ambassador to Israel Flake, Cindy McCain among latest Biden ambassadors confirmed after delay MORE (R-Ariz.) joined the entire Democratic caucus to oppose the judge and derail his nomination last year. 

When he announced his opposition, Scott pointed to a 1990s Justice Department investigation into Jesse Helms's Senate campaign for mailing postcards to more than 120,000 North Carolinians, most of whom were black voters, suggesting they were ineligible to vote and could be prosecuted for voter fraud. Farr worked on that campaign.