Trump Judicial Nominee Drops Out After Embarrassing Hearing

According to Huffington Post, Petersen withdrew his nomination on Saturday and President Trump accepted his withdrawal.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, an umbrella organization of more than 200 groups, called on Trump to pull two other nominees: Thomas Farr, nominated for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, and Damien Schiff, nominated for the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. "However, I am no stranger to political realities, and I do not wish to be continued distraction from the important work of your administration and the Senate". John Kennedy, in an exchange that went viral on social media.

"This is a clear signal that the White House isn't properly vetting nominees but instead counting on Senate Republicans to jam them through with minimal review", said Sen.

KENNEDY: State or federal court? I believe the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary was correct when it unanimously rated him as "Qualified".

To be sure, Mr. Petersen would ultimately need to master the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and related procedural doctrines as a federal judge.

Worse, Petersen could not define basic legal terms like a "motion in limine" and the "Daubert standard".

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"Petersen was among many unfit judicial nominees put forward by this administration", said Daniel Goldberg, legal director for the liberal Alliance for Justice.

While I cannot speak to the credentials of the president's other judicial nominees, I can offer a firsthand perspective on Mr. Petersen's qualifications that spans longer than a four-minute video snippet.

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. The Senate confirmed 12 of his circuit court judges this year, more than any president has gotten in their first year since those courts were created in 1891.

Mr Kennedy, a Louisiana senator and a former law professor, who still fully supports Mr Trump, openly criticised Mr Petersen in a later TV interview.

"I think he's whip smart, probably".

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

Update: White House official says the Trump judicial nominee whose qualifications were questioned by Republican senator has withdrawn his nomination, the Associated Press reports.

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