One of President Donald Trump’s nominees for U.S. District Judge cannot answer basic legal questions when grilled by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.
Democratic Senator Sheldon White House of Rhode Island shared a video showing, Mathew Petersen, one of Trump’s nominees, telling senators that he never tried any case as a lawyer.
Sen. Whitehouse attracted attention to the video with the words
MUST WATCH” and “Hoo-boy.” Anyone who will watch the video will definitely shake their heads.
— Sheldon Whitehouse (@SenWhitehouse) December 15, 2017
Some of Trump’s nominees to become federal court judges received sharp criticisms.
One of them is Jeff Mateer for the District Court in Texas, was problematic because of his comments against transgender youth and a Supreme Court decision. Mateer called them part of “Satan’s plan.” He also called the 2015 Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage “disgusting.”
Brett Tally, another Trump nominee for the District Court of Alabama failed to disclose that his wife is working at the office of White House counsel Don McGahn.
The White House pulled their names after Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman asked the President to reconsider their nominations.
The American Bar Association rated four of Trump’s nominees as “not qualified.” They included Talley, Charles Goodwin for the Western District of Oklahoma, Holly Teeter for the District of Kansas, and Leonard Steven Grasz for the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Based on the testimony of Peterson today, it is obvious that he is not qualified to serve as a federal judge.