President Donald Trump must be cringing Friday night after the guy he nominated to be a federal judge had difficulty answering basic legal questions during his interview on Capitol Hill.
The video of Matthew Spencer Petersen’s struggle to answers a series of easy-to-answer questions asked by Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA), has gone viral.
Petersen, who serves on the Federal Election Commission, had difficulty answering questions about the “Daubert standard,” which has to do with expert witness testimony, and the definition of a “motion in limine,” which has to do with the introduction of evidence. He acknowledged he has never tried a case or argued a motion in court. He said he last read the federal rules of evidence in law school.
Petersen graduated from Brigham Young University. He earned a law degree from the University of Virginia in 1999.
Petersen has been nominated to serve on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Here’s the video:
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