"We drank beer", Kavanaugh responded to a question about his past intoxication. Nor was that a common experience in my social circle, although I can't speak for Kavanaugh's. If everyone in high school who drank beer in this country was accused of sexual assault, Kavanaugh said, the country would be in a dark place. "What do you consider to be too many beers?" asked Rachel Mitchell, the prosecutor posing questions on behalf of the committee's Republican members.
"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". The Minnesota Democrat addressed her father's own struggle with alcoholism during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, including the fact that her father still attends Alcoholics Anonymous as age 90 to combat his struggle.
But bizarrely, a refrain of Kavanaugh's defense became repeated iterations of some version of "I like beer". "But we have heard, not under oath, your college roommate say that you did drink frequently".
"I have no drinking problem, judge", Klobuchar said with a smile.
Kavanaugh's drinking has come under intense scrutiny after California professor Christine Blasey Ford alleged that a heavily intoxicated Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while they were both teenagers at a Maryland house party during the summer of 1982.
"I liked beer. I still like beer. I liked beer. I still like beer", he said.
"You're asking about a blackout", the judge responded. "You know, we-whatever the chart says, a blood-alcohol chart".
"Just in case you are not aware...." one person wrote", Brett Kavanaugh likes beer".
In the exchange, Klobuchar asked the Supreme Court nominee if he ever had so much to drink he blacked out. Was there ever a time when you drank so much you couldn't remember what happened or part of what happened the night before?
He also told Fox News in his interview Monday: "Yes, there were parties, and yes, the drinking age was 18". 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. In those respects he was not at all unusual compared to his peers, who officially were not allowed to drink, did it anyway, and sometimes "had too many beers".
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. I'm sorry I did that. "I'm sorry about that".
Klobuchar appeared to accept Kavanaugh's apology: "I appreciate that".