Inside the Booze-Soaked 1980s When Brett Kavanaugh Was in High School

Klobuchar Grills Kavanaugh On Drinking At Nomination Hearing

Klobuchar Grills Kavanaugh On Drinking At Nomination Hearing

Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Thursday appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee featured a display of emotions, with the judge alternating between crying and shouting. He could have legally purchased and consumed alcohol in the capital - but only in the last four months of his senior year, after he turned 18. Sometimes others did. I like beer.

And searing accusations from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford that Kavanaugh assaulted her in high school. "We drank beer. We liked beer". Kavanaugh "never suggested that all of his high school drinking was of legal age", White House spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement reported by The Associated Press.

He also told Fox News in his interview Monday: "Yes, there were parties, and yes, the drinking age was 18".

Kavanaugh: No. I remember what happened and I think you've probably had beers, Senator? The drinking age as I noted, was 18, so the seniors were legal.

Those who were 18 or older at the time were "grandfathered" in, so they could continue to drink legally. "And yes, the seniors were legal and had beer there". "And yes, the seniors were legal".

Jennifer Rubin, a conservative commentator for the Washington Post and a prominent critic of President Trump and the GOP, wrote a column later in the evening calling the exchange the "most telling moment" of a hearing in which a yelling, angry Kavanaugh appeared unable or unwilling to get out of attack mode. When she asked Kavanaugh whether he had ever blacked out from drinking, he asked if she ever had. Nearly everyone did. Sometimes I had too many beers.

The thing is, no one is accusing Kavanaugh of assaulting Ford because he drinks beer.

There was a grandfather clause in the Maryland law, but only for those who were 18, 19 or 20 on the day the increase went into effect, thereby not including Kavanaugh. Alcoholic consumption by Kavanaugh also would have been illegal during the notorious Beach Week, an annual trip to the Eastern Shore that involved heavy drinking, according to numerous eyewitness accounts.

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