Kavanaugh wrongly claims he could drink legally in Maryland

Lynette PayneOct 01, 2018

"He had a hard time because he was very inebriated", Dr. Christine Blasey Ford said during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court.

"For me, it is not that people don't drink in high school, it's, is he telling the truth?" she said.

The Minnesota Democrat added that her experience comes from having an alcoholic father who, at 90, is in Alcoholics Anonymous. Amy Klobuchar about his drinking habits.

While he admitted in his congressional testimony that there were probably occasions during his time at Georgetown Prep that he had consumed "too many beers", a combative Kavanaugh denied he had ever gotten out of control or acted inappropriately toward women.

Klobuchar: So you're saying there's never been a chance where you drank so much that you didn't remember what happened the night before or part of what happened?

"I, no, I remember what happened", Kavanaugh replied. "What do you consider to be too many beers?" asked Rachel Mitchell, the prosecutor posing questions on behalf of the committee's Republican members. Klobuchar, nodding slightly, returned to the questioning: "You're saying there's never been a case when you drank so much that you didn't remember what happened the night before, or part of what happened?"

"You're asking about blackout, I don't know. I don't know", Kavanaugh said. A moment of stunned silence. Klobuchar asked. "That's not happened, is that your answer?"

But bizarrely, a refrain of Kavanaugh's defense became repeated iterations of some version of "I like beer". "But I did not drink beer to the point of blacking out, and I never sexually assaulted anyone", Kavanaugh said during his opening statement.

"Yeah, nor do I", Kavanaugh said. "And she asked me a question at the end that I responded by asking her a question". Nearly everyone did. Sometimes I had too many beers.

"It was a moment of singular cruelty and disrespect", Rubin said.

With the law change in Maryland, where the students lived and where the offending house party presumably would have occurred, no one in Kavanaugh's class was of legal age unless they were 21. Noting Kavanaugh's apology, Rubin wrote: "The damage was done". I'm sorry I did that. First District Rep. Tim Walz, the DFL candidate for governor, tweeted on Friday that Klobuchar has "been a beacon of truth, justice, and rationality. Klobuchar how much I respect her, and respected what she did the last hearing", Kavanaugh said.

Kavanaugh later apologized to Klobuchar for his remarks.

"This is in the hands of really two of my colleagues, Senator Collins and Senator Murkowski", she said.

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