Trump judicial nominee fumbles basic law questions in Senate hearing

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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.

In response, legal observers tweeted their amazement at the clip.

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