A judge in Texas said Thursday that he won.
John Burt was appointed by then-President-elect Donald Trump to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas in March 2019.
He has been nominated to the court since then.
He has been a frequent critic of Trump’s pick to fill the seat of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, and said on Thursday that while he has not yet had an opportunity to review the nomination, he would not recuse.
Burt is the first judicial candidate in the state to announce he would recuse, according to the Dallas Morning News.
He made the announcement on Twitter and also said he would be taking the position of acting chair of the court.
Burden, who was appointed to the federal bench in 1987, is known for his outspoken criticism of the Trump administration.
He is also known for being critical of the federal government’s handling of the refugee crisis.
In his tweets, Burt said he had received a letter from the acting chair saying he would need to recuse from the nomination.
He said he felt the letter was “ridiculous” and would not do so, and called the letter “a blatant attempt to politicize the court” and “an effort to derail the judicial confirmation process.”
Burt did not immediately respond to a request for comment.