The nomination of Thomas Farr, a controversial judicial pick up for an Eastern District of North Carolina seat, appeared dead Thursday evening after Sen. Tim Scott, R-South Carolina, announced he would not support the nominee.

In a statement first reported by a South Carolina newspaper, Scott said his opposition came after he spent time reviewing a 1991 Justice Department memo that included details of Farr’s past work on the campaigns of former Sen. Jesse Helms in North Carolina.

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