Trump Judicial Nominee Who Starred in That Embarrassing Viral Video Drops Out

"It happened", an aide to a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee told HuffPost on Monday.

Mr Petersen wrote a resignation letter to the President, which was obtained by Associated Press.

"While I am honored to have been nominated for this position, it has become clear to me over the past few days that my nomination has become a distraction - and that is not fair to you or your Administration", he wrote in a letter. "I had hoped my almost two decades of public service might carry more weight than my two worst minutes on television", he wrote. "However, I am no stranger to political realities".

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Law360, Washington (December 18, 2017, 2:08 PM EST) - President Donald Trump has lost a third court nominee this week after D.C. District nominee Matthew Petersen withdrew his nomination, a White House official confirmed Monday.

Not long after, Democrat senator Sheldon Whitehouse posted the exchange to Twitter, racking up 8.2 million views and 81,000 retweets. John Kennedy, R-La., at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing about his background and the nominee stumbled badly when quizzed on matters of law and his legal experience.

"He has told me, 'Kennedy, when some of my guys send someone who is not qualified, you do your job, '" Kennedy told WWL-TV.

KENNEDY: State or federal court?

"Just because you've seen "My Cousin Vinny" doesn't qualify you to be a federal judge", Kennedy added. Can you tell me what the Daubert standard is? That is not something I've had to contend with.

"Uh, I believe no", Mr Peterson replied. Mateer's bid was squashed because he has called transgender kids a part of "Satan's plan" and finds gay marriage "disgusting".

These are embarrassing setbacks to Trump's otherwise successful push to fill up federal courts with his lifetime judges.

The Trump administration has been fast-tracking conservatives into appeal court seats, with the Senate confirming 12 judges in Trump's first year-a modern record, according to CNN. That's in addition to putting Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court and getting six district court nominees confirmed. "And I said, 'Thank you, Mister President, and I intend to do that'".

The Trump administration has put through 60 individuals for judicial consideration, three of whom have had to withdraw.

Vanessa Coleman