Ever since the Democrats lowered the votes needed for confirmation, federal judicial standards have been sliding down hill. But Joe Biden doesn’t care about competence, he only cares about ideology and equity.
In fact, he’s so focused on ensuring his nominees have sworn allegiance to woke extremism, they don’t even need a basic understanding of the job they’ve been nominated for.
But this nominee for a federal judgeship should have done her homework instead of being embarrassed by Sen. John Kennedy.
“Extraordinarily qualified” and “experienced”
Back in December, President Joe Biden nominated Robin M. Meriweather, who previously clerked for Biden Attorney General Merrick Garland on the U.S. Court of Appeals, to serve on the United States Court of Federal Claims.
In a statement announcing Meriweather’s nomination, as well as several others, Biden claimed that his nominees were all “extraordinarily qualified, experienced, and devoted to the rule of law and our Constitution.”
But of course, as the Biden regime also pointed out in that statement, in deciding who would be Biden’s judicial nominees, they also prioritized identity politics rather than simply selecting the best nominees regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, and the like.
And the regime’s decision to prioritize identity politics above merit and qualifications seems to have blown up in their faces – yet again.
During Meriweather’s confirmation hearing in the House Judiciary Committee, Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) began his questioning of the Biden judicial nominee by asking how many motions and cases she’s argued in front of the Court of Federal Claims.
After attempting to dance around the question and talk about her experience with other courts, the Biden judicial nominee ultimately conceded that she had zero experience with the Court of Federal Claims and had argued exactly zero motions or cases in front of the court.
Obviously, that admission alone should at least raise some red flags, but sadly, it was only the start.
It’s really not that hard
That’s because on top of having zero experience with the Court of Federal Claims – again, despite the Biden regime claiming she was “extraordinarily qualified” and “experienced” for the role – Meriweather apparently is incapable of answering the most basic of questions about the job she’s been nominated for.
Kennedy asked Meriweather to explain what the grounds were for granting a new trial in the Court of Federal Claims – a question most recent law school graduates, much less a nominee to serve on said court, should be able to answer rather easily – but she simply couldn’t do it.
“All of the trials in the Court of Federal Claims are bench trials and the Court of Federal Claims, although it is not bound by the federal rules of civil procedure, its rules mirror those rules when applicable,” Meriweather said. “So it’s my understanding that the same rules that would apply in the district court are also applied in that context, but if I were presented with a motion for a new trial should I be confirmed as a judge on the Court of Federal Claims I would of course consult the rules of court, of the Court of Federal Claims.”
Of course, “the rules of the court” she says she would “consult” if confirmed to the bench are literally what Senator Kennedy was asking her to provide.
“So what are the grounds for granting a new trial?” Kennedy asked, repeating himself.
“My understanding is that a new trial, you would have to comply with the applicable rules,” Meriweather responded.
“I know that, but what are they?” Kennedy shot back. “What are the grounds, you said that the rules are identical to the Court of Federal Claims and Federal District Court, I’m not sure that’s accurate, but just tell me, what are the grounds for granting a new trial in the Court of Federal Claims?”
And just when you thought Meriweather had already made a big enough fool of herself, she upped the ante by claiming in her own defense that Kennedy’s very basic question about how the court she’s nominated to preside over actually works is “not an issue I have had occasion to consider before.”
“Senator, that is not an issue I have had occasion to consider before, despite my extensive civil experience and my familiarity not only with the federal rules of civil procedure but I’ve also reviewed the rules of the Court of Federal Claims. But if I were presented… with that question should I be confirmed, I would again consult the rules and follow the precedent.”
Senator Kennedy attempted to give Meriweather one last shot to redeem herself by asking, “what’s a contract of adhesion?”
“Senator, despite my extensive civil experience including dozens of cases that include contract cases, I have not dealt with the question of what a contract of adhesion is but should it be presented to me I would…” Meriweather said before the Senator cut her off.
“Sure, you’ll look it up,” Kennedy quipped.
Informed American will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.