Trump Judicial Nominee Can’t Answer Basic Questions

Trump Judicial Nominee Can’t Answer Basic Questions December 16, 2017

Sen. John Kennedy, himself a Trump card-carrying Republican, questions Matthew Spencer Petersen, President Trump’s nominee for district court judge, about his lack of experience trying cases in court. It is soooo painful. This man, suggested by Trump, clearly has no clue about the prospective job.

Here is what The Guardian had to say about it:

It will go down one as of the most excruciating job interviews of all time.

A Trump federal judicial nominee was utterly stymied by a line of questioning on basic knowledge of procedural law during his Senate confirmation hearing Thursday, raising questions about the fitness of Trump’s choices for the posts….

The video of the polite, yet devastating encounter, comes just as Trump managed to set a new record for the number of judicial nominees confirmed in a president’s first year. Trump had a huge structural advantage when he came into office to outpace previous regimes and his administration has quietly made the reshaping of the federal judiciary a top priority.

To non-lawyers, the exchange might have sounded like a succession of “gotcha” questions, esoteric queries intended to make the candidate appear unqualified. But the principles in question are in fact, foundational, essential knowledge for the job that Petersen is trying to be confirmed to perform.

Watch the excruciating interview here:

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