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Sen. Kennedy reacts to criticism of viral video questioning the president's judicial nominee

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Senator John Kennedy is responding to criticism over his line of questioning to one of President Trump's judicial nominees.

Video of the exchange has gone viral, but it now has Senator Kennedy on defense.

Sen. Kennedy questioned Mathew Petersen, the attorney nominated by the president and member of the Federal Election Committee, about legal terms and Petersen also acknowledged he has never tried a case or argued a motion in court.

He mentioned that the last time he read the Federal Rules of Evidence was in law school.

"It is no surprise the president's opponents keep trying to distract from the record-setting success the president has had on judicial nominations," said Hogan Gidley, a White House spokesman.

Senator Kennedy disputes that's he's an opponent of the president, releasing a statement that reads in part:

"In the past year, I have supported nearly every one of president trump's picks, but I don't blindly support them. I ask questions that I expect them to be able to answer. In doing so, I'm just doing my job," said Kennedy.

In an interview with CNN, he said, "I just don't think that the first time you step foot into a federal courtroom should be as a federal judge."

The nominee is not the first of the president's judicial nominees to face criticism for being poorly prepared for the bench. At least two other nominations stalled this week amid similar concerns.

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