The Federal Election Commissioner was asked a variety of questions during the hearing including how many depositions he had worked, how many jury trials he had tried and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
"It has become clear to me over the last few days that my nomination has become a distraction", Mr Petersen wrote in a letter.
In his note, Petersen also wrote, "I had hoped my almost two decades of public service might carry more weight than my two worse minutes on television".
That is why when Matthew Petersen - nominated by the president to the district court of Columbia - announced that he was withdrawing his candidacy on Monday, many felt it was an exceptional position at a time where meritocracy is not the order of the day.
Matthew Petersen's testimony before a Senate panel last week went viral after he could not answer questions from Sen. "However, I am no stranger to political realities". 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.
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Two other Trump judicial nominees were withdrawn after damning media reports emerged.
Why would Petersen prepare for a confirmation hearing when Senate Republicans unanimously supported nominees who were far less qualified?
PETERSEN: Yes. I haven't, I'm, again, my background is not in litigation as when I was replying to Chairman (Chuck) Grassley (R-Iowa), I haven't had to um, again, do a deep dive.
Mateer ran into trouble over 2015 speeches including one in which he referred to transgender children as being part of "Satan's plans," CNN reported. 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. He also appointed Justice Neil Gorsuch to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Courts, restoring the high court's conservative majority. 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?" Kennedy told local news affiliate WWL-TV on Monday that Trump called him Saturday to talk about Petersen and said he agreed with Kennedy's criticisms that his nominee wasn't qualified.
"I think he's whip smart, probably". After questioning Petersen, he didn't find him "quite ready to be a federal judge", which Kennedy told Trump. This ultimately led the White House to withdraw its nomination.