Trump Judicial Nominee Withdraws After Embarrassing Hearing

Mr. Petersen lacked knowledge regarding basic legal definitions and admitted he had never tried a case in any court.

The Trump nominee for a district court seat who was publicly derided after a subpar performance during his confirmation hearing Wednesday has withdrawn his nomination.

Matthew Petersen, who was nominated by Trump to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, has been the subject of widespread ridicule since he was unable to define basic legal terms during his confirmation hearing Wednesday.

A White House official says Petersen has withdrawn his nomination and that Trump has accepted the withdrawal. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the development publicly.

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