I’m grateful that one of my US Senators, Republican John N. Kennedy, showed that Matthew Petersen, a Trump federal court nominee, is spectacularly unqualified for the job. The Washington Post adds:
Petersen received his law degree from University of Virginia School of Law in 1999 and spent three years at the law firm Wiley Rein LLP in Washington, where he specialized in campaign finance law. After that, he worked briefly as counsel to the Republican National Committee and served as counsel for two congressional panels.
He was appointed to the Federal Election Commission in 2008 by President George W. Bush. There, he served for five years alongside Donald McGahn, the current White House counsel.
Trump tapped Petersen in September to fill a vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, one of the most important federal trial courts in the nation. Until now, his nomination has drawn little attention, and Trump’s other nominees to the court in Washington have breezed through the confirmation process with bipartisan support.
When video of the interrogation made its way online, several high profile law professors tweeted their surprise.
“Don’t want to beat up on the guy but the questions he was being asked could be answered by a second year law student,” wrote Aderson Francois, a professor at Georgetown Law. “Even if you know zero about evidence the one doctrine every law student knows is Daubert because it’s a very famous case about standard to admit expert testimony.”
Trump has given us some wonderful judicial nominees, but good grief, this is an insult. Who sent this hack up? For the federal bench?! Think of all the well qualified conservative law professors in the country … and they found a political appointee at the FEC.