Kavanaugh gets combative with Democratic senator over questions about drinking

01 October, 2018, 10:28 | Author: Jared Lewis
  • Senate Judiciary Committee

Key to Kavanaugh's defense was that he had never drank beer to the point of memory loss, but he strongly defended his beer drinking and the habit generally.

The issue took on steam after Kavanaugh's high school friend Mark Judge - who Ford alleges was in the room when Kavanaugh allegedly attacked her - came into focus. In other words, it was not legal for him to drink in Maryland at any point during his high school years.

Asked if Kavanaugh had ever suffered memory loss during a time that he had been drinking, Kavanaugh said no, but still defended beer drinking.

President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh mentioned beer and enjoying beer nearly 30 times while denying drunkenly sexually assaulting Christine Blasey Ford. Klobuchar noted that Kavanaugh's college roommate James Roche claimed Kavanaugh became "belligerent" when he drank, but the Republicans who control the Senate Judiciary Committee haven't called on such witnesses to testify. "I think you've probably had beers, senator". She then asked Kavanaugh if he had ever drank so much he "didn't remember what happened the night before or part of what happened". It would have been legal for him to buy and consume beer in D.C., which did not raise its drinking age from 18 to 21 until 1986, for most of his senior year, but it sounds like the parties to which he refers generally happened in Maryland. I liked beer. I still like beer...

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The Minnesota lawmaker went on to say, "I appreciate that he apologized, but at the same time, he didn't really answer the question". "Judge Kavanaugh liked beer and still very much likes beer". "I still like beer. But I did not drink beer to the point of blacking out, and I never sexually assaulted anyone". Kavanaugh fired back, "Have you?" "I liked beer. I still like beer".

Kavanaugh refused to say how many beers he drank.

I was born the same year as Kavanaugh (1965), and I had a somewhat similar experience at Cornell. And the drinking age was 18.

"Nor do I", Kavanaugh said. A good rule of thumb might be that you've drunk too many beers if find yourself vomiting or waking up with a hangover.

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Kavanaugh also downplayed his underage drinking and told the committee he had never consumed so much alcohol that he blacked out or woke up unable to recall what he'd done the night before. Kavanaugh's bio in the senior yearbook notes that he was a member of the "Keg City Club (treasurer) - 100 Kegs or Bust".

"We drank beer and still do, so whatever", he said.

Klobuchar: Drinking is one thing, but the concern is about truthfulness and in your written testimony you said sometimes you had too many drinks.

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