Tim Scott killed Trump’s judicial nominee over voter suppression. It shouldn’t have been that close a call.


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By Scott Lemieux

So it seems there actually are limits to how far at least two Senate Republicans will go to support Trump.

On Thursday, Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., announced that he would not support the nomination of Thomas Farr to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Farr’s nomination was initially opposed by Democrats because he represented the state in its 2016 defense of a voter identification law that was struck down over what the court termed the “almost surgical precision” by which it targeted African American voters.

But, in a statement, Scott said that he’d decided to vote against the nominee because “a Department of Justice memo written under President George H.W. Bush was released that shed…

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