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Farr confirmation still uncertain, final vote delayed

All may not be lost in the fight over the confirmation of Thomas Farr to a lifetime appointment as a federal judge in North Carolina’s Eastern District. This is from a Politico story, Fate of controversial Trump judicial pick in doubt: Several Republicans who voted to advance his nomination are now saying they’re undecided.”:

The confirmation of a controversial Trump judicial nominee appeared to be in jeopardy after three Republicans on Thursday said they are undecided on approving the judge.

Sens. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) are sitting on the fence on how they will vote on Thomas Farr. All three senators voted to move forward with his nomination to become a district judge in North Carolina on Wednesday.

The Senate had been expected to hold a final vote on Farr’s nomination Thursday, but it’s now been scheduled for next week.

All 49 Senate Democrats have said they plan to vote against him along with Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) who has vowed to block all judicial nominees until Republican leadership brings to the floor legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller. Farr can’t lose any additional Republican votes.

“I should issue a statement saying that I’m not saying anything else,” Scott said. “I continue to contemplate this decision.”

The story goes on to say that both Senators Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins are also reviewing additional information about Farr.

A story in RollCall quotes Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn as attributing the delay to the absence of Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe and “legitimate concerns” from South Carolina Senator Tim Scott that Cornyn said Republican leaders are “trying to resolve.”

The story quotes Cornyn as saying “I’m optimistic we can, but it remains to be seen.”

After yesterday’s 51-50 vote to end debate on the nomination and proceed to a final vote, several civil rights organizations said that they were continuing to oppose the nomination and had not given up the fight. Stay tuned.

 

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