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Trump Judicial Nominee Who Flopped at Hearing Withdraws Nomination

Trump Judicial Nominee Who Flopped at Hearing Withdraws Nomination

Matthew Spencer Petersen, a member of the Federal Election Commission, said in a letter to President Donald Trump that his nomination had become "a distraction", and it was not fair to Trump or his administration. "Mr. Petersen has withdrawn his nomination and the President has accepted", a White House official told HuffPost.

Trump nominated Petersen, who is now a member of the Federal Election Commission, to be a lifetime judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Wiley Rein partner Jan Baran, who hired Petersen to his election law group right out of law school, said, "I wasn't aware that being a trial lawyer was a precondition to being a district court judge, particularly in the District of Columbia".

The ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary had given Petersen a "qualified" rating.

Rather than encourage the judiciary committee to do its job by thoroughly vetting nominees, the White House accuses opponents of trying to cause a distraction from Trump's record-setting nominations.

Until now, Trump had been startlingly successful in his quest to fill the federal courts with conservative judges.

Kennedy went on to question Petersen on when the last time he read the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

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Peterson also could not explain basic legal terms, when pressed by Kennedy. He is not a litigator by background and would therefore have work to do on that front, as he recognized before and during his recent confirmation hearing.

"Just because you've seen "My Cousin Vinny" doesn't qualify you to be a federal judge", Kennedy said.

Summary: Another one of President Trump's judicial nominees withdraws from being considered after it became clear his qualifications were not up to par.

One reportedly referred to transgender children as part of "Satan's plan", while another failed to disclose that his wife is chief of staff to the White House council and blogged in defence of the early Klu Klux Klan. There have been six district court judges, 12 circuit court judge and one Supreme Court justice confirmed by the Senate since Trump took office. Kennedy told local news affiliate WWL-TV on Monday that Trump called him Saturday to talk about Petersen and said he agreed with Kennedy's criticisms that his nominee wasn't qualified.

"I would probably not be able to give you a good definition", Petersen responded. John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (R-La.) questioned judicial nominee Matthew Petersen as he showcased his ignorance of basic legal concepts.