Trump judicial nominee fumbles basic law questions in Senate hearing
Some of the federal court judicial nominees put forth by the Donald Trump administration have been criticized for their complete lack of experience and for their controversial views. But a clip released Thursday night gave even more ammunition to those who can’t believe the poor quality of some candidates.
The furor (and laughter) increased exponentially when Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) tweeted the five-minute interview between Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) and Matthew Petersen, a Trump nominee for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
It did not go well for Petersen, who couldn’t answer anything Kennedy asked him. And remember, Kennedy is a Republican who theoretically would like to approve as many GOP judicial nominees as he could.
— Sheldon Whitehouse (@SenWhitehouse) December 15, 2017
In response, legal observers tweeted their amazement at the clip.
Put ideology aside. Would you want your fate in the hands of a judge who doesn't know basic trial rules and procedure? https://t.co/B9MPk6TTnu
— Ronald Klain (@RonaldKlain) December 15, 2017
When you're stumped by Senator John Kennedy, it's probably time to explore alternate career options. https://t.co/rqLWlFcXQW
— Miranda Yaver (@mirandayaver) December 15, 2017
This is the definition of a nightmare Senate confirmation hearing: Trump judicial nominee fumbles basic questions about the law https://t.co/t3YLGglJ5u
— Robert Barnes (@scotusreporter) December 15, 2017
I dunno—maybe I’m an elitist, but asking a judicial nominee what a “motion in limine” is seems okay. Can we ask Federal Reserve nominees what “inflation” is, or is that too weird? https://t.co/IhzFDuwnWC