Published: Mon, December 18, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Trump praises senator who torched his nominee

Trump praises senator who torched his nominee

Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) quizzed Petersen on his legal background, prompting Petersen to reveal that he has never before tried a case in court.

Petersen became the third Trump judicial pick whose nomination foundered in the past week.

"I had hoped my almost two decades of public service might carry more weight than my two worst minutes on television". Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said last week Trump's nominations of Jeff Mateer and Brett Talley would not move forward.

Petersen, who now serves as a commissioner on the Federal Election Commission, was peppered with questions on how many depositions he had worked on, how many jury trials he had tried and the last time he had read the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

In response to news that Matthew Petersen, Donald Trump's nominee to the US District Court for the District of Columbia, will withdraw from consideration for a seat on the federal bench, People For the American Way Vice President Marge Baker issued the following statement. Petersen is an attorney and member of the Federal Elections Commission.

The Senate has confirmed 20 judges starting with Gorsuch, including 12 to powerful appeals courts that are the last stop before the Supreme Court - more than any president has achieved in his first year in office.


During the confirmation hearing, Louisiana Sen.

Kennedy told New Orleans television station WWL-TV on Monday morning that he was concerned about Petersen's qualifications.

Until now, in his quest to fill the federal courts with conservative judges. "He said, 'Kennedy, I think you're right'".

"In my current position", Petersen said, "I obviously don't need to stay as invested in those on a day-to-day basis, but I do try to keep up to speed".

In the cringe-worthy exchange during a Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, Kennedy exposed Petersen's lack of courtroom experience and unfamiliarity with many basic legal principles that even most law students would know.

"He has told me, 'Kennedy, when some of my guys send someone who is not qualified, you do your job, '" Kennedy said Monday.

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