Matthew Petersen, a member of the Federal Election Commission nominated for a seat on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, had told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he had no trial experience and little background in handling motions or depositions.
"I had hoped that my almost two decades of public service might carry more weight than my two worst minutes on television".
Another one of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees has withdrawn his nomination, the White House said on Monday. I understand the challenge that would be ahead of me, if I were fortunate enough to become a district court judge.
"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".
Kennedy then asked the last time Petersen had read the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure - the standards that govern civil cases in USA district courts. That is not something I've had to contend with.
Sen. Kennedy: I've read your résumé.
Senator Manchin Calls for Franken to Un-Resign
But it has been the women in the party who have largely led efforts to hold Trump accountable for the accusations he is facing. People familiar with Franken's plans said he has not changed his mind and intends to formally resign in early January.
KENNEDY: Do you know what a motion in limine is?
"I've heard of it, but again", Petersen responded, trailing off.
"Mr. Petersen has spent almost a decade as a commissioner of an important federal agency overseeing its litigation on regulatory issues - the very kinds of issues federal district court in DC decides", Hogan Gidley, a White House spokesman, said Friday. Mateer had a history of controversial statements, such as describing transgender children as evidence of "Satan's plan". That's in addition to putting Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court and getting six district court nominees confirmed.
"He has told me, 'Kennedy, when some of my guys send someone who is not qualified, you do your job, '" Kennedy told WWL-TV.
The senator also said that he spoke with Trump by phone on Saturday and that the President has told him that he does not vet his nominees himself. "But you can't just walk into a federal courthouse for the very first time and say 'Here I am, I think I wanna be a judge.' It just doesn't work that way".
This post has been updated with White House confirmation of the withdrawal and with details from Petersen's letter.
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