Trump judicial nominee withdraws from consideration

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Another one of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees has withdrawn after a video surfaced that made him look incompetent.

The video clip released by Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) asked him about his courtroom experience.

Mr Petersen raised his hand, and also answered "no" to subsequent questions about whether he had tried jury, civil, criminal or bench trials.

In his resignation letter to the president, which was obtained by The Associated Press, Petersen said that while he was honored to have been nominated, "it has become clear to me over the past few days that my nomination has become a distraction - and that is not fair for you or your Administration".

Mr Peterson, who became the third of Mr Trump's judicial picks to flounder in just a week, said: "I had hoped that my almost two decades of public service might carry more weight than my two worst minutes on television". "However, I am no stranger to political realities".

I have known Mr. Petersen personally and professionally for many years, closely observing and sometimes practicing before him in his current position as a commissioner at the Federal Election Commission.

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Mr Petersen acknowledged during the televised hearing his background was not in litigation, but following the questioning he wrote to Mr Trump to withdraw his nomination. Appointing someone as inexperienced as Petersen can have a serious domino effect, profoundly impacting the lives of others and could and could change the legal landscape permanently. But Petersen's lack of qualifications were painfully on display last week as Sen. Secondly, Kennedy was one of the Senate Republicans who warned the White House about serious issues surrounding nominee, Brett Talley of Alabama, as to his truthfulness and inexperience for the federal bench.

"Uh, I believe no", Mr Petersen said.

Kennedy, who has been critical of some of Trump's judicial nominees, asked several basic legal questions that Petersen could not answer.

Trump was not upset that Kennedy was critical of Petersen. That record of giving more control of our government to the powerful at the expense of all Americans is why Trump nominated him in the first place. Democrats also urged for both nominees to be pulled due to their lack of qualifications.

"I understand that the path that many successful district court judges have taken has been a different one than I've taken", Petersen told Kennedy.

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

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