Tense exchange between Klobuchar, Kavanaugh over drinking questions

Desiree Steele
October 1, 2018

Kavanaugh did admit to drinking to excess.

The exchange even seemed to rally hard-core Kavanaugh supporters to Klobuchar, like the blogger Erick Erickson, who has spent the last few weeks excoriating Democrats over their handling of the harassment allegations. In fact, he was never legal in high school because the state's drinking age increased to 21 at the end of his junior year, while he was still 17.

In a Fox News interview on Monday, Kavanaugh said, "Yes, there were parties".

The reason the subject came up was pretty clear: Christine Blasey Ford, the California research psychologist who says he tried to rape her when they were both in high school, described him as very drunk at the time, and one possible explanation for his seeming sincerity in denying her charge (in addition to the possibility that he is innocent) is that he honestly does not recall the episode because alcohol clouded his memory.

Kavanaugh sought to downplay Roche's remarks, pointing to a redacted report to the Senate Judiciary Committee, a report he did not "really want to repeat that in a public hearing", and said "there was contention" between him, Roche, and another person.


Kavanaugh: "Yeah, and I'm curious if you have".

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has readily acknowledged that he often drank beer during his prep school days and made a point in his congressional testimony that seniors could buy beer legally in Maryland at the age of 18. The drinking age, as I noted, was 18, so the seniors were legal, senior year in high school people were legal to drink. Sometimes others did. I liked beer.

On Friday, the White House argued that any claim Kavanaugh had said he was legally allowed to consume beer during high school is inaccurate and that he "never suggested that all of his high school drinking was of legal age", said White House spokesman Raj Shah.

After a recess, Kavanaugh offered an apology for questioning Klobuchar's drinking habits in a heated exchange.

"I liked beer. Still like beer". Yes, we drank beer. I drank beer with my friends.


"You're asking about blackout, I don't know, have you?" he responded.

"My friends and I sometimes got together and had parties on weekends", he said in his opening statement.

But bizarrely, a refrain of Kavanaugh's defense became repeated iterations of some version of "I like beer".

Kavanaugh refused to say how many beers he drank.

Under Maryland law, a person under the age of 21 can not consume or possess alcohol except in certain circumstances, including in a private home with the consent and under the supervision of an adult over the age of 21.


In the exchange, Klobuchar asked the Supreme Court nominee if he ever had so much to drink he blacked out. Yes, we drank beer.

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