Klobuchar Grills Kavanaugh On Drinking At Nomination Hearing

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Key to Kavanaugh's defense was that he had never drank beer to the point of memory loss, but he strongly defended his beer drinking and the habit generally.

The exchange even seemed to rally hard-core Kavanaugh supporters to Klobuchar, like the blogger Erick Erickson, who has spent the last few weeks excoriating Democrats over their handling of the harassment allegations. 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.

Christine Blasey Ford, a university professor from Palo Alto, testified to the committee that Kavanaugh and a friend, drunk at a house party in high school, had held her down on a bed, attempted to remove her clothes and covered her mouth as she tried to scream.

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. "What do you consider to be too many beers?" asked Rachel Mitchell, the prosecutor posing questions on behalf of the committee's Republican members. How much Kavanaugh drank at the elite Jesuit school Georgetown Prep is now the subject of fierce debate. It would have been legal for him to buy and consume beer in D.C., which did not raise its drinking age from 18 to 21 until 1986, for most of his senior year, but it sounds like the parties to which he refers generally happened in Maryland. In fact, he still likes beer.

The Minnesota lawmaker went on to say, "I appreciate that he apologized, but at the same time, he didn't really answer the question".

"There is a bright line between drinking beer, which I gladly do, and which I fully embrace, and sexually assaulting someone, which is a violent crime".

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".

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"Nor do I", Kavanaugh concluded. I drank beer with my friends.

You're asking about blackout. And the drinking age was 18.

"My friends and I sometimes got together and had parties on weekends", he said in his opening statement. A good rule of thumb might be that you've drunk too many beers if find yourself vomiting or waking up with a hangover. Was there ever a time when you drank so much you couldn't remember what happened or part of what happened the night before?

Kavanaugh: Yea and nor do I.

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?

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

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