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President Donald Trump Loses Third Judge Nominee

President Donald Trump Loses Third Judge Nominee

"I had hoped my almost two decades of public service might carry more weight than my two worst minutes on television", he said.

US President Donald Trump's latest judiciary nominee has withdrawn his name after failing to answer basic legal questions at his Senate confirmation hearing.

"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. "However, I am no stranger to political realities".

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"Just because you've seen "My Cousin Vinny" doesn't qualify you to be a federal judge", Kennedy said. Can you tell me what the Daubert standard is? That is not something I've had to contend with. Kennedy asked him if he had ever handled a jury trial which Petersen replied, "I have not". 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.

Why would Petersen prepare for a confirmation hearing when Senate Republicans unanimously supported nominees who were far less qualified? The White House said on December 13 that the nominations of Brett Talley, rated "unanimously unqualified" by the American Bar Association; and Jeff Mateer, who reportedly said in 2015 that transgender children are part of "Satan's plan," would not "be moving forward". Mateer had a history of controversial statements, such as describing transgender children as evidence of "Satan's plan". Starting with his nomination of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch in January, the president has chosen deeply conservative, often outspoken judges, lawyers, professors and bloggers to fill seats that Republicans left vacant under Barack Obama. The conversation between Kennedy and five nominees, including Petersen, went as such: "Have any of you not tried a case to verdict in a courtroom?" 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. Kennedy told a Louisiana TV station that Trump called him on Saturday, the day after the clip of Petersen was tweeted by Democratic senator Sheldon Whitehouse before ricocheting around the internet. After questioning Petersen, he didn't find him "quite ready to be a federal judge", which Kennedy told Trump. Kennedy explained, "He just said do your job, I'll never criticize you for doing what you think is right". This ultimately led the White House to withdraw its nomination.


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