Federal judiciary

Jeff Flake frustrates Senate GOP by hindering Trump's judicial nominees

Jeff Flake.
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Jeff Flake is ending his Senate tenure with a bang, potentially stymieing a number of President Trump's judicial nominees until the next Congress convenes by withholding his support unless a vote is held on a measure designed to protect special counsel Robert Mueller.

The big picture: The Arizona senator, retiring at the end of this year, has not been quiet about his contempt for Trump or the Republican Party's continued support of him — even saying on the Senate floor earlier this year that the GOP "might not deserve to lead."

Tim Scott will oppose controversial Trump nominee

Senator Tim Scott speaks at a podium
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Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) said Thursday that he will oppose Thomas Farr's nomination to the federal bench in North Carolina, effectively killing the controversial Trump nominee's confirmation.

The backdrop: All 49 Senate Democrats have pledged to oppose Farr’s nomination, citing his record of supporting election policies that have been labeled by federal courts as racially discriminatory. Meanwhile, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) has promised to vote against all of President Trump's judicial nominees until the Senate approves a bill aimed at shielding special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired. With that said, Scott's opposition means Farr's confirmation will fail at least 51-50 in the Senate.

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