Kavanaugh Apologizes to Klobuchar after Exchange about Drinking

29 September, 2018, 13:29 | Author: Kara Nash
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"Klobuchar has managed to become the one Dem on the judiciary committee who conservatives think was acting in good faith", he tweeted, "while also getting a damaging answer out of Kavanaugh and acquitting herself well with Democrats, which is quite a feat".

During the hearing, Klobuchar had said she understands alcohol abuse, as her father is an alcoholic, and asked Kavanaugh if he'd ever blacked out while drinking. 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. And the drinking age was 18. "Senior year in high school, people were legal to drink". 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. "Yes, we drank beer", he said. Yes, we drank beer. "I liked beer. I still like beer", he said.

Those who were 18 or older at the time were "grandfathered" in, so they could continue to drink legally. "Senior year in high school, people were legal to drink".

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.

"I liked beer. I still like beer".

The White House argued Friday that Kavanaugh's testimony about drinking was not meant to be misleading, but provided "context" about how Maryland high schoolers obtained beer.

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.

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 would like to add, when you have a parent that's an alcoholic, you're pretty careful about drinking". "Can you answer the question, judge?" Kavanaugh fired back, "Have you?" During the interview period, when Kavanaugh was asked about his drinking habits, he said, "I drank beer with my friends".

"Yeah, and I'm curious if you have?" That means Kavanaugh was legal there for only the final four months of his senior year at Georgetown Prep, following his February 12, 1983 birthday.

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.


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