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Klobuchar Grills Kavanaugh On Drinking At Nomination Hearing

Klobuchar Grills Kavanaugh On Drinking At Nomination Hearing”

"Yes, we drank beer", he said. And the drinking age was 18.

He also told Fox News in his interview Monday: "Yes, there were parties, and yes, the drinking age was 18".

At another point, 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, but the age limit had been at 21 for more than seven months before his 18th birthday. "And yes, the seniors were legal". In one of the more tense exchanges, he asked Sen. Nearly everyone did. Sometimes I had too many beers. "Klobuchar was going for was a line of questioning that would suggest, first of all, that he drank far more in high school and college than he has admitted", he said, "and that drinking is likely to have impaired his memory such that incidents like the ones that have been alleged could certainly have occurred". After describing her father's longtime struggle with alcoholism, Klobuchar started asking Kavanaugh if he ever drank too much and blacked out. "Have you?" Kavanaugh replied.

Klobuchar: Could you answer the question?

"You're asking about blackout, I don't know". Klobuchar continued. "That's not happened, that's your answer?"

Kavanaugh appeared before the Judiciary Committee to face questions over an allegation that he sexually assaulted a woman, Christine Blasey Ford, while the two were teenagers in 1982.

"Yeah, and I'm curious if you have?" People have drinking problems in lots of families, Klobuchar said.

The legal drinking age was 18 in Washington, D.C., throughout the years Kavanaugh attended Georgetown Prep.

Alcoholic consumption by Kavanaugh also would have been illegal during notorious Beach Week, an annual trip to the Eastern Shore that involved heavy drinking, according to numerous eyewitness accounts.

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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