Trump’s Nominees Think Life Tenure on the Federal Bench Should Be Handed Out Like a Participation Trophy

At a Wednesday Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Republican Sen. John Kennedy asked Matthew Spencer Petersen a few basic legal questions. Petersen, whom Donald Trump has nominated to the powerful U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, could not define a motion in limine or describe the Daubert standard. Kennedy’s quizzing went viral after Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, who also serves on the committee, shared it on Twitter.

Petersen drew widespread criticism for his...


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