District court judge nominee Matthew Petersen has taken his name out of consideration. In a letter to Donald Trump, Petersen wrote that his “nomination has become a distraction.” During questioning by the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, Petersen admitted that he had been present for fewer than five depositions, had never presided over a jury trial and had never argued a motion in state or federal court.
Matthew Petersen's withdrawal letter mentions his "two worst minutes" on TV… adds he is no "stranger to political realities." pic.twitter.com/eaywecTuoO
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) December 18, 2017
Click below to read more from News & Guts about last week’s hearing with Petersen.