With the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee set today to reconsider several Trump nominations to the federal bench and positions in the Department of Justice that expired at the end of 2017, the Congressional Black Caucus will hold a press conference this morning to register its opposition to two men in particular: Eric Dreiband, whom Trump nominated to serve as Assistant Attorney General of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and Thomas Farr, Trump’s nominee to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
This is from the letter the Caucus sent to Judiciary Committee chair, Charles Grassley regarding Farr:
“Mr. Farr has amassed a record that puts him at the forefront of an extended fight to disenfranchise African-American voters in his home state of North Carolina. More over, Mr. Farr has dedicated many years of his legal career to undermining the rights of workers who have experience workplace discrimination.”
The letter goes on to detail many of Farr’s troubling acts during his long career as well as the outrageous blockade that took place for two African-American women that President Obama nominated to serve in the long vacant position. It concludes this way:
“Given all these concerns, we cannot state forcefully enough our opposition to the nomination of Thomas Farr. It is no exaggeration to say that had the White House deliberately sough to identify an attorney in North Carolina with a more hostile record on African-American voting rights and workers’ rights than Thomas Farr, it could hardly have done so. We believe Mr. Farr’s record raises serious questions regarding his commitment to equal justice under the law that disqualify him from service on the federal bench.”
All in all, it’s an extraordinarily strong condemnation. North Carolina’s Thom Tillis (click here for contact information)is a member of the Judiciary Committee,