Monday, 10 December, 2018

Tense exchange between Klobuchar, Kavanaugh over drinking questions

Sen. Amy Klobuchar Kavanaugh Apologizes for Turning Sen. Klobuchar’s Question About His Drinking Back on Her
Becky Salazar | 01 October, 2018, 10:30

At one point, Kavanaugh asked a Senator if they like drinking beer too.

Asked if Kavanaugh had ever suffered memory loss during a time that he had been drinking, Kavanaugh said no, but still defended beer drinking.

Kavanaugh also said that he never woke up without his clothes or forgot what happened the night before. "That's not happened, is that your answer?"

Kavanaugh: Yea and nor do I.

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.

Kavanaugh: Yea and I'm curious if you have.

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. "Judge Kavanaugh liked beer and still very much likes beer". The fact that "the drinking age was 18 in Maryland for most of my time in high school" no doubt made it easier for underage students like Kavanaugh to obtain beer, but it did not make it legal. Kavanaugh fired back, "Have you?" "I don't know. Have you?"

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

"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".

You might even think there is a relationship between illegality and excess, since prohibition pushes drinking underground and makes it harder for young people to learn from older drinkers who might know a thing or two about how to stop short of too many beers. Roche said he was inclined to believe Ramirez and thought Kavanaugh was capable of behaving that way.

"You should look at what I said. you should assess his credibility with that in mind", Kavanaugh said.

She said she also thinks the Federal Bureau of Investigation should question Kavanaugh friend Mark Judge, who Ford says was in the room when Kavanaugh had attacked her.

After a brief recess, Kavanaugh apologized to Klobuchar for his remarks. So I entered college an underage drinker, became legal in September 1984, and a year later became illegal again, a status that lasted for a year.

Klobuchar's handling of the exchange and her questioning during the hearing also fueled more social media buzz for a presidential run - a long-rumored possibility for the senator - than she's ever generated. This is a tough process. "I'm sorry about that".

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