Ingraham tells WH spokeswoman on Trump judicial pick: 'That was a viral video nightmare'
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Fox News host Laura Ingraham pressed White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Friday about one of President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Guardian slams Trump over comments about assault on reporter Five takeaways from the first North Dakota Senate debate Watchdog org: Tillerson used million in taxpayer funds to fly throughout US MORE's judicial nominees struggling to answer questions at a hearing this week, saying it amounted to a "viral video nightmare."

"That was a viral video nightmare. I’m sorry," Ingraham told Sanders during an interview on "The Ingraham Angle."

"I’m sure he's a nice person and he’s good at the [Federal Election Commissions (FEC)] but as a District Court judge — speaking as someone who clerked on a federal Court of Appeals — that was a brutal series of questions by Kennedy."

Ingraham's comments were in reference to Matthew Spencer Petersen's appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, in which the U.S. District Court nominee failed to answer questions from Sen. John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (R-La.) about basic legal terms and acknowledged that he had never tried a case. 


The interrogation was an embarrassing moment for one of the president's judicial nominees during a week that saw the Senate rebuff two other judicial picks.  

Petersen, an FEC commissioner, had been rated "qualified" by the American Bar Association. But the video quickly spread across the internet and news networks, prompting questions from critics about whether the Trump administration was adequately vetting its judicial nominees.

Kennedy earlier Friday night called on the White House to withdraw Petersen's nomination, saying, "I don't wanna see him suffer."

Sanders said Friday that she hadn't spoken to the president about Petersen's hearing specifically, but said that Trump was focused on installing judges that "understand their place."

"What I do know is this is a president who is focused on making sure we have judges in place that understand what their role is," she said. "That's not to create law, that's not to change laws. But it's to be actually focused on the Constitution."