Tense exchange between Klobuchar, Kavanaugh over drinking questions

Kavanaugh Apologizes for Turning Sen. Klobuchar’s Question About His Drinking Back on Her

Klobuchar Grills Kavanaugh On Drinking At Nomination Hearing

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) gave a blistering statement on Friday in which she accused Senate Republicans of ramming through a vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh while pretending that accuser Christine Blasey Ford's testimony never happened.

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.

Later in the hearing, Kavanaugh apologized, but it was a back-and-forth that seemed to encapsulate the nasty tone of the hearing and clips of the judge's remarks quickly went viral on social media.

Klobuchar: Drinking is one thing, but the concern is about truthfulness and in your written testimony you said sometimes you had too many drinks. Klobuchar, nodding slightly, returned to the questioning: "You're saying there's never been a case when you drank so much that you didn't remember what happened the night before, or part of what happened?" "Can you answer the question, judge?"

The 18-year-old limit "allowed friends to legally purchase beer, and for him to drink at high school parties", Shah added. "And what I was trying to get at was that you have this incredibly convincing testimony in the morning from Dr. Ford".

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"When it happens, you don't just put it under the rug", she said.

"Yeah, and I'm curious if you have", Kavanaugh answered. During the interview period, when Kavanaugh was asked about his drinking habits, he said, "I drank beer with my friends".

In his testimony, Kavanaugh, who has denied all of Ford's accusations, stated correctly that the drinking age had been 18 in Maryland for "most" of his time in high school. 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.

Echoing what some have argued, Berman said that Kavanaugh's surreal response revealed more about who he is than anything he might have said in response to Klobuchar's question. She also testified that she had a beer.

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