Perhaps the most important takeaway from Brett Kavanaugh’s wild testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, is that irrespective of whether the allegations against him are true, he mislead Congress on a number of occasions.
For instance, he flat out lied to Sheldon Whitehouse about the references in his yearbook. There’s no question about that.
Additionally, he obfuscated about his drinking for no reason.
I think everyone (i.e., Republicans and Democrats) can agree that there was exactly nothing believable about Kavanaugh’s responses to questions about his alcohol consumption in high school and college. Popularity, privilege, college and heavy drinking go together like peanut butter and jelly. The notion that Kavanaugh was the relatively responsible one in the group who, on his worst nights, had “a few too many beers” is laughable in the extreme.
Again, he needn’t have lied. Health concerns aside, there isn’t anything “wrong” (per se) about admitting that you drank heavily in college and there certainly isn’t anything disqualifying about it from the perspective of high office. Just ask George W. Bush. Also, there is nothing written in stone that says getting blackout drunk means you sexually assaulted someone.
Of course there is corroborating evidence to support the contention that Kavanaugh was a heavy drinker. Mark Judge, the man who Christine Blasey Ford claims was in the room when the alleged assault occurred, has since written voluminously about his high school days and in a 1997 memoir, he talks about a character named “Bart O’Kavanaugh” who had a penchant for vomiting in vehicles and passing out drunk. You can read more about Mark and his musings here.
Well, in light of all that, we thought we’d reprint the following letter penned by one of Kavanaugh’s Yale classmates as originally published by CNN.
We’ll present it without further comment.
By Chad Ludington, a Yale classmate of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh
I have been contacted by numerous reporters about Brett Kavanaugh and have not wanted to say anything because I had nothing to contribute about what kind of Justice he would be. I knew Brett at Yale because I was a classmate and a varsity basketball player and Brett enjoyed socializing with athletes. Indeed, athletes formed the core of Brett’s social circle.
In recent days I have become deeply troubled by what has been a blatant mischaracterization by Brett himself of his drinking at Yale. When I watched Brett and his wife being interviewed on Fox News on Monday, and when I watched Brett deliver his testimony under oath to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, I cringed. For the fact is, at Yale, and I can speak to no other times, Brett was a frequent drinker, and a heavy drinker. I know, because, especially in our first two years of college, I often drank with him. On many occasions I heard Brett slur his words and saw him staggering from alcohol consumption, not all of which was beer. When Brett got drunk, he was often belligerent and aggressive. On one of the last occasions I purposely socialized with Brett, I witnessed him respond to a semi-hostile remark, not by defusing the situation, but by throwing his beer in the man’s face and starting a fight that ended with one of our mutual friends in jail.
I do not believe that the heavy drinking or even loutish behavior of an 18 or even 21 year old should condemn a person for the rest of his life. I would be a hypocrite to think so. However, I have direct and repeated knowledge about his drinking and his disposition while drunk. And I do believe that Brett’s actions as a 53-year-old federal judge matter. If he lied about his past actions on national television, and more especially while speaking under oath in front of the United States Senate, I believe those lies should have consequences. It is truth that is at stake, and I believe that the ability to speak the truth, even when it does not reflect well upon oneself, is a paramount quality we seek in our nation’s most powerful judges.
I can unequivocally say that in denying the possibility that he ever blacked out from drinking, and in downplaying the degree and frequency of his drinking, Brett has not told the truth.
I felt it was my civic duty to tell of my experience while drinking with Brett, and I offer this statement to the press. I have no desire to speak further publicly, and nothing more to say to the press at this time. I will however, take my information to the FBI.