As a teen, Kavanaugh was never a legal drinker in Maryland

Simon Moss
October 1, 2018

Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies to the Senate Judiciary Committee during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC.

Shah insisted that Kavanaugh had said the legal drinking age was 18 because it "allowed friends to legally purchase beer, and for him to drink at high school parties", the AP reported. And the drinking age was 18. "And yes, the seniors were legal". But the discussion of Kavanaugh's drinking during high school and college ranged beyond that narrow issue, and his responses were by turns defiant, evasive, implausible, and misleading.

"Yes we drank beer, my friends and I, boys and girls".

"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. I liked beer. I still like beer", he said.

Earlier this month, Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University in California, had alleged that Kavanaugh had assaulted her during a party in the 1980s when they were both in high school.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has readily acknowledged that he often drank beer during his prep school days and made a point in his congressional testimony that seniors could buy beer legally in Maryland at the age of 18. Nearly everyone did. Sometimes I had too many beers.

"I like beer", Kavanaugh said.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, the Minnesota Democrat who serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee, is known for taking a sober, detail-oriented approach in questioning those who appear before the committee.

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She directly asked him if he ever "drank so much that you can't remember what happened or part of what happened the night before".

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Klobuchar pressed for an answer: "Could you answer the question, judge?" Klobuchar asked. "That's not happened, is that your answer?"

"My friends and I sometimes got together and had parties on weekends", he said in his opening statement. People have drinking problems in lots of families, Klobuchar said.

But bizarrely, a refrain of Kavanaugh's defense became repeated iterations of some version of "I like beer".

There was a grandfather clause in the Maryland law, but only for those who were 18, 19 or 20 on the day the increase went into effect, thereby not including Kavanaugh.

But Kavanaugh was never a legal drinker in that state when he was a high schooler - he was still 17 when that state's drinking age was increased to 21 on July 1, 1982. The drinking age in NY initially was 19, but it rose to 21 as of December 1985.

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