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Trump disclaims responsibility for unqualified judicial nominees

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click to enlarge SEN. KENNEDY: The Republican ripped a Trump juidicial nominee for lack of qualifications.
  • SEN. KENNEDY: The Republican ripped a Trump juidicial nominee for lack of qualifications.
Have you seen the video of Louisiana Republican Sen. John Kennedy's exposure of the lack of qualifications for a Trump judicial nominee, Matthew Spencer Petersen? The nominee gave candid responses on his lack of experience and even knowledge of some common terms of litigation.

The Advocate in Baton Rouge reports on an interview Kennedy gave WWL about Petersen, a former FCC chairman nominated for a D.C. district judgeship.

Kennedy told WWL-TV that Trump did not personally interview Petersen and that the nominees were chosen by members of the president's staff.

“(Trump) has told me, ‘Kennedy, when some of my guys send somebody over who is not qualified, you do your job,” Kennedy told WWL.

...n his interview with WWL, Kennedy said that he did not know before the hearing that Petersen was inexperienced for the position.

"Just because you’ve seen ‘My Cousin Vinny’ doesn’t qualify you to be a federal judge,” Kennedy told the station. “And he has no litigation experience. And my job on the judiciary committee is to catch him. I would strongly suggest he not give up his day job.”
We shall see. The Republicans in the Senate have voted in lockstep for other thoroughly unqualified candidates. And there's apparently an inexhaustible supply of legal ideologues ready to do the work of rewriting law to suit Republican talking points.

UPDATE: Petersen has saved the president further embarrassment. He's withdrawn as a candidate for the judgeship. If others with a similar sense of propriety would only do the same.

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