- Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, had a stand-off during the contentious public hearing surrounding the allegations from Christine Blasey Ford.
- Earlier in the hearing, Kavanaugh said he enjoyed drinking – the legal drinking age at the time was 18-years-old – but claimed that he never went beyond social norms.
- Kavanaugh answered Klobuchar’s line of inquiry on his drinking habits with a question of his own.
- “You’re asking about blackout … I don’t know,” Kavanaugh said. “Have you?”
- Kavanaugh later apologised to Klobuchar for his remarks.
Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, had a stand-off during the contentious public hearing surrounding the allegations from Christine Blasey Ford, a professor who claims Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers in the 1980s.
“Most people have done some drinking in high school and college, and many people even struggle with alcoholism and binge drinking,” Klobuchar said to Kavanaugh.
“In your case, you have said, here and other places, you never drank so much that you didn’t remember what happened,” Klobuchar added. “But we have heard, not under oath, your college roommate say that you did drink frequently.”
Earlier in the hearing, Kavanaugh said he enjoyed drinking – the legal drinking age at the time was 18-years-old – but reiterated that he never went beyond social norms.
“So drinking is one thing, but the concern is about truthfulness,” Klobuchar said. “And in your written testimony, you said sometimes you had too many drinks. Was there ever a time when you drank so much that you couldn’t remember what happened or part of what happened the night before?”
Kavanaugh answered: “No. I remember what happened. And I think you’ve probably had beers, senator.”
“So you’re saying there’s never been a case where you drank so much that you didn’t remember what happened the night before or part of what happened.” Klobuchar asked.
“You’re asking about blackout … I don’t know,” Kavanaugh said. “Have you?”
Klobuchar pressed for an answer: “Could you answer the question, judge? So, that’s not happened, is that your answer?”
“Yeah, and I’m curious if you have,” Kavanaugh said.
“I have no drinking problem, judge,” Klobuchar said with a smile.
“Yeah, nor do I,” Kavanaugh said.
Klobuchar’s questions centered around allegations made from James Roche, Kavanaugh’s roommate when the two were students during their freshman year at Yale University.
A New Yorker report published Sunday detailed an allegation that Kavanaugh exposed himself to Deborah Ramirez, a Yale student, at a dorm-room party as onlookers watched during the 1983-84 school year. Roche said he was inclined to believe Ramirez and thought Kavanaugh was capable of behaving that way.
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.
“You should look at what I said … you should assess his credibility with that in mind,” Kavanaugh said.
After a brief recess, Kavanaugh apologised to Klobuchar for his remarks.
“I started my last colloquy by saying to Sen. Klobuchar how much I respect her, and respected what she did the last hearing,” Kavanaugh said. “And she asked me a question at the end that I responded by asking her a question.”
“Sorry I did that, this is a tough process,” he added. “I’m sorry about that.”
Klobuchar appeared to accept Kavanaugh’s apology: “I appreciate that … I was truly just trying to get to the bottom of the facts and the evidence.”
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