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Pence Interrupts Senate Senate to Hand over Trump's North Carolina Candidate



AGAINSTice-cold president Pence on Wednesday placed a winning vote in the Senate to hand over the nomination of Thomas Farr, who was named President Trumpe as the Eastern District Judge of North Carolina, and won a firm opposition from the Democrats.

Pence was needed after Senator Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Voted against Farr to protest against the GOP's decision to block the unrelated bill to protect a special lawyer Robert Mueller. In the 51-49 Senate, Flake's opposition created a 50-50 tie that was interrupted by Pence.

This vote gave the final vote on Farr, which is expected later this week.

Pence had to break the tie on several occasions, though it would be easier for the Republicans next year when they would have a 53-47 majority. Flake, Trump's constant critic, retired after this year and will not have a Senate.

Farr is awaiting final confirmation from January, when the Senate Judicial Committee has approved him under the leadership of the party.

Democrats and civil rights groups aggressively opposed nomination based on Farr's past work, which defended the North Carolina electoral law, which was lifted by the federal court for the suppression of black voices.

Chairman of the Senate for Minorities, Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., led an effort to push at least one Republican to stand against Farr, who would drop his nomination.

"Thomas Farr worked hand-in-hand with the Republicans of North Carolina in their endeavor to undermine the voting rights in general and deny African Americans access to the vote," Schumer said during the Senate. "He must not be confirmed as a federal judge in North Carolina."

Republicans defended Farr's legal work and claimed to be qualified for a federal bench.


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