He Didn’t Make At As Judge, But Now This Former FEC Commissioner Is Switching Sides | All In | MSNBC


>>>THING 1 TONIGHT.>>>THING 1 TONIGHT. ONE OF THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS ONE OF THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS PRESIDENT TRUMP IS MOST PROUD OF PRESIDENT TRUMP IS MOST PROUD OF IS HIS APPOINTMENT OF FEDERAL IS HIS APPOINTMENT OF FEDERAL JUDGES. JUDGES. ONE NOMINEE THE PRESIDENT MIGHT ONE NOMINEE THE PRESIDENT MIGHT WANT BACK IS MATTHEW PETERSON, WANT BACK IS MATTHEW PETERSON, WHO FRUMP NOMINATED TO THE U.S. WHO FRUMP NOMINATED TO THE U.S. DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA BACK IN 2017. OF COLUMBIA BACK IN 2017. PETERSON MADE IT AS FAR AS A PETERSON MADE IT AS FAR AS A HEARING IN FRONT OF THE SENATE HEARING IN FRONT OF THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, BUT IT ONLY JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, BUT IT ONLY TOOK A FEW QUESTIONS FROM TOOK A FEW QUESTIONS FROM REPUBLICAN SENATOR JOHN KENNEDY REPUBLICAN SENATOR JOHN KENNEDY FOR IT TO BECOME APPARENT THAT FOR IT TO BECOME APPARENT THAT MAYBE PETERSON WASN’T CUT OUT TO MAYBE PETERSON WASN’T CUT OUT TO BE A JUDGE. BE A JUDGE.>>HAVE YOU EVER TRIED A JURY>>HAVE YOU EVER TRIED A JURY TRIAL? TRIAL?>>I HAVE NOT.>>I HAVE NOT.>>CIVIL?>>CIVIL?>>NO.>>NO.>>CRIMINAL?>>CRIMINAL?>>NO.>>NO.>>BENCH?>>BENCH?>>NO.>>NO.>>STATE OR FEDERAL COURT?>>STATE OR FEDERAL COURT?>>I HAVE NOT.>>I HAVE NOT.>>HAVE YOU EVER TRIED TAKING A>>HAVE YOU EVER TRIED TAKING A DEPOSITION BY YOURSELF? DEPOSITION BY YOURSELF?>>I BELIEVE NO.>>I BELIEVE NO.>>OKAY.>>OKAY. HAVE YOU EVER ARGUED A MOTION IN HAVE YOU EVER ARGUED A MOTION IN STATE COURT? STATE COURT?>>I HAVE NOT.>>I HAVE NOT.>>HAVE YOU EVER ARGUED A MOTION>>HAVE YOU EVER ARGUED A MOTION IN FEDERAL COURT? IN FEDERAL COURT?>>NO.>>NO.>>AS A TRIAL JUDGE, YOU’RE>>AS A TRIAL JUDGE, YOU’RE OBVIOUSLY GOING TO HAVE OBVIOUSLY GOING TO HAVE WITNESSES. WITNESSES.>>YES.>>YES.>>CAN YOU TELL ME WHAT THE>>CAN YOU TELL ME WHAT THE STANDARD IS? STANDARD IS?>>SENATOR KENNEDY, I DON’T HAVE>>SENATOR KENNEDY, I DON’T HAVE THAT READILY AT MY DISPOSAL. THAT READILY AT MY DISPOSAL. BUT I WOULD BE HAPPY TO TAKE A BUT I WOULD BE HAPPY TO TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THAT. CLOSER LOOK AT THAT.>>OKAY.>>OKAY.>>THAT IS NOT SOMETHING THAT>>THAT IS NOT SOMETHING THAT I’VE HAD TO CONTEND WITH. I’VE HAD TO CONTEND WITH.>>JUST FOR THE RECORD, DO YOU>>JUST FOR THE RECORD, DO YOU KNOW WHAT A MOTION IN LIMINE IS? KNOW WHAT A MOTION IN LIMINE IS?>>I WOULD PROBABLY NOT BE ABLE>>I WOULD PROBABLY NOT BE ABLE TO GIVE YOU A GOOD DEFINITION TO GIVE YOU A GOOD DEFINITION RIGHT HERE AT THE TABLE. RIGHT HERE AT THE TABLE.>>PETERSON WITHDREW FROM>>PETERSON WITHDREW FROM CONSIDERATION FOLLOWING THAT CONSIDERATION FOLLOWING THAT DEBACLE AND RETURNED TO HIS DAY DEBACLE AND RETURNED TO HIS DAY JOB ON THE FEDERAL ELECTION JOB ON THE FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION. COMMISSION. YOU MIGHT THINK THAT KIND OF>>>MATTHEW PETERSON FAILED AS A>>>MATTHEW PETERSON FAILED AS A TRUMP JUDICIAL NOMINEE, BUT HE TRUMP JUDICIAL NOMINEE, BUT HE STILL HAD A VERY IMPORTANT JOB STILL HAD A VERY IMPORTANT JOB AS A MEMBER OF THE FEDERAL AS A MEMBER OF THE FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION WHERE HE WAS ELECTION COMMISSION WHERE HE WAS TASKED WITH HELPING TO MAINTAIN TASKED WITH HELPING TO MAINTAIN FAIR, TRANSPARENT ELECTIONS. FAIR, TRANSPARENT ELECTIONS. PETERSON WAS APPOINTED TWICE, PETERSON WAS APPOINTED TWICE, TWICE SERVED AS THE BODY’S TWICE SERVED AS THE BODY’S CHAIRMAN IN 2010 AND 2016. CHAIRMAN IN 2010 AND 2016. BUT AFTER 11 YEARS IN THE JOB, BUT AFTER 11 YEARS IN THE JOB, PETERSON ANNOUNCED LAST WEEK HE PETERSON ANNOUNCED LAST WEEK HE WAS RESIGNING FROM THE ALREADY WAS RESIGNING FROM THE ALREADY SHORTHANDED COMMISSION, LEAVING SHORTHANDED COMMISSION, LEAVING THE FEC UNABLE TO CONDUCT THE THE FEC UNABLE TO CONDUCT THE MOST FUNDAMENTAL ASPECTS OF ITS MOST FUNDAMENTAL ASPECTS OF ITS MANDATE, INCLUDING PROCESSING MANDATE, INCLUDING PROCESSING COMPLAINTS OF ELECTION COMPLAINTS OF ELECTION MALFEASANCE. MALFEASANCE. AND WHAT KIND OF OPPORTUNITY AND WHAT KIND OF OPPORTUNITY WOULD CAUSE SOMEONE WHO SPENT WOULD CAUSE SOMEONE WHO SPENT THE LAST DECADE AT THE FEC TO THE LAST DECADE AT THE FEC TO CRIPPLE THE AGENCY WITH THEIR CRIPPLE THE AGENCY WITH THEIR EXIT? EXIT? REPORTEDLY THEY’LL BE PART OF A REPORTEDLY THEY’LL BE PART OF A LAW FIRM. LAW FIRM. IT DOESN’T MEAN MUCH TO MOST IT DOESN’T MEAN MUCH TO MOST PEOPLE, BUT A “WASHINGTON POST” PEOPLE, BUT A “WASHINGTON POST” REPORT FROM 2016 DESCRIBED THE REPORT FROM 2016 DESCRIBED THE FIRM’S SPECIALTY, AS, QUOTE, FIRM’S SPECIALTY, AS, QUOTE, HELPING WEALTHY DONORS, HELPING WEALTHY DONORS, CORPORATIONS AND POLITICAL CORPORATIONS AND POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEES INFLUENCE ACTION COMMITTEES INFLUENCE ELECTIONS, OFTEN IN SECRET. ELECTIONS, OFTEN IN SECRET. THAT’S RIGHT. THAT’S RIGHT. MATTHEW PETERSON, THE FAILED MATTHEW PETERSON, THE FAILED JUDICIAL NOMINEE ESSENTIALLY JUDICIAL NOMINEE ESSENTIALLY SHUT DOWN THE FEC HEADING INTO SHUT DOWN THE FEC HEADING INTO THE 2020 ELECTION TO JOIN A LAW THE 2020 ELECTION TO JOIN A LAW FIRM THAT SPECIALIZES IN HELPING FIRM THAT SPECIALIZES IN HELPING RICH PEOPLE AND CORPORATIONS RICH PEOPLE AND CORPORATIONS INFLUENCE ELECTIONS IN SECRET. INFLUENCE ELECTIONS IN SECRET. VERY COOL. VERY COOL. HOPEFULLY FOR PETERSON’S SAKE, HOPEFULLY FOR PETERSON’S SAKE, HIS NEW JOB DOES NOT REQUIRE HIM HIS NEW JOB DOES NOT REQUIRE HIM TO GO ANYWHERE NEAR A COURTROOM. TO GO ANYWHERE NEAR A COURTROOM.>>HAVE YOU EVER TRIED TAKING A>>HAVE YOU EVER TRIED TAKING A DEPOSITION BY YOURSELF? DEPOSITION BY YOURSELF?>>I DON’T BELIEVE NO.>>I DON’T BELIEVE NO.>>OKAY.>>OKAY. HAVE YOU EVER ARGUED A MOTION IN HAVE YOU EVER ARGUED A MOTION IN STATE COURT? STATE COURT?>>I HAVE NOT.>>I HAVE NOT.>>HAVE YOU EVER ARGUED A MOTION>>HAVE YOU EVER ARGUED A MOTION IN FEDERAL COURT? IN FEDERAL COURT?>>NO.

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