Matthew Petersen: Take a look at-flunking Trump decide nominee withdraws

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After struggling to answer basic legal questions during his confirmation hearing last week, President Donald Trump's nominee for a U.S. District Court, Matthew Spencer Petersen, has withdrawn his name from consideration.

Matthew Petersen's testimony before a Senate panel last week went viral after he could not answer questions from Sen. But his lack familiarity with the most basic parts of the job is only part of the reason that he's unfit.

Petersen is Trump's third judicial nominee in recent weeks, along with Jeff Mateer and Brett Talley, whose nominations would not move forward either, throwing back the presidential plan to make the federal judicial system a more conservative body, Reuters explained. Since the beginning, this administration has made every effort to stack the courts with narrow minded elitists pushing the same unsafe agenda that Petersen has supported throughout his career.

In addition to Petersen, two other district court nominees were also recently withdrawn.

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Kennedy told WWL-TV on Monday that Trump called him over the weekend to talk about Petersen's nomination.

"I had hoped that my almost two decades of pubic service might carry more weight than my two worst minutes on television", Petersen wrote.

Petersen will continue to serve on the FEC.

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

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Petersen: Senator Kennedy, I don't have that readily at my disposal, but I'd be happy to take a closer look at that.

KENNEDY: As a trial judge, you're obviously going to have witnesses.

"Do you know what a motion in limine is?" "I haven't had to do a deep dive". On Thursday, the 12th circuit court judge was confirmed. Frankly, I do not share Mr. Petersen's views on certain facets of campaign finance regulation, but I can say without reservation that he is a thoughtful and ethical decision-maker who has considerable ability to analyze statutes, weigh facts, synthesize jurisprudence and apply a complicated regulatory regime.

President Trump, Leader McConnell, and Chairman Grassley must stop their reckless and relentless rush to pack the federal courts.

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"I've heard of it, but again", Petersen responded, trailing off.

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