US District Judge nominee Matthew Spencer Petersen, nominated by Trump, had trouble answering some fairly basic legal questions when he was grilled during his confirmation hearing.
Among the points of contention that Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) had for him were that he has never tried a case to verdict, taken a deposition himself, or argued a motion in either state or federal court.
Kennedy asked the meaning of “motion in limine,” but Peterson mumbled, “Yes…my background is not in litigation…” ending with “I would probably not be able to give you a good definition right here at the table.”
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) posted the video on Twitter, and he didn’t hold back his shock: “MUST WATCH: Republican @SenJohn asks one of @realDonaldTrump’s US District Judge nominees basic questions of law & he can’t answer a single one. Hoo-boy.”
— Sheldon Whitehouse (@SenWhitehouse) December 15, 2017
Hoo-boy is right.