Kavanaugh wrongly claims he could drink legally in Md

STOCK  Getty ImagesA man drinks a pint of beer in this undated stock

STOCK Getty ImagesA man drinks a pint of beer in this undated stock

In other words, it was illegal for Kavanaugh to drink as a freshman and the first semester or so of his sophomore year, a period when he, like most of his peers, nevertheless drank.

In response to repetitive questioning on the subject, Kavanaugh said no fewer than 10 times that he has never experienced alcohol-related memory gaps. In the summer of 1982, seven months before he turned 18, the state raised the legal drinking age for beer and wine from 18 to 21.

When Kavanaugh says "almost everyone" his age was drinking, he is right.

The federal judge's drinking habits were under the microscope: Ford alleges Kavanaugh was visibly intoxicated during the assault, and a wealth of evidence indicates he traveled in hard-drinking social circles in high school and college. 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.

Kavanaugh: "Yeah, and I'm curious if you have". Sometimes others did. I liked 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. "Can you answer the question, judge?"

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. "We drank beer, I like beer".

The author of 'Normal Girl, novelist Molly Jong-Fast tweeted, "Brett Kavanaugh will not apologize for loving beer and being an angry drunk".

"Nor do I", Kavanaugh concluded.

He also told the committee, "If every American who drinks beer or every American who drank beer in high school is suddenly presumed guilty of sexual assault, it will be an ugly new place in this country".

He responded, "You're asking about blackout".

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. "I don't know. Have you?" Do you like beer, senator, or not?

"I, no, I remember what happened", Kavanaugh replied.

Whatever did or did not happen between Kavanaugh and Ford, this much we know: As a teenager and young man, Kavanaugh drank illegally, and sometimes he drank too much. Yes, we drank beer.

"Just in case you are not aware...." one person wrote", Brett Kavanaugh likes beer".

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