On Thursday, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee following Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony. Kavanaugh gave an unhinged opening statement, yelling and crying on the stand. He repeatedly professed his love for beer and said that he didn’t know what he considered to be “too many beers” when asked.
On Sunday, one of Brett Kavanaugh’s former Yale classmates accused him of a “blatant mischaracterization” of his drinking while in college. He said that he often saw Kavanaugh “staggering from alcohol consumption.”
According to The New York Times:
‘The classmate, Chad Ludington, who said he frequently socialized with Judge Kavanaugh as a student, said in a statement that the judge had been untruthful in testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee when he had denied any possibility that he had ever blacked out from drinking.’
According to Ludington, Kavanaugh played down “the degree and frequency” of his drinking. Ludington says that Brett Kavanaugh had become “belligerent and aggressive” while intoxicated. Several other classmates have made similar claims.
‘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.’
In addition, Ludington said that he planned to “take my information to the F.B.I.”
Mr. Ludington is a professor from North Carolina State University who has made small contributions to Democratic candidates. He was told to go to the F.B.I.’s Raleigh, North Carolina, office on Monday morning, and plans to “tell the full details of my story.”
The Times reported:
‘It is illegal to lie to Congress. But it was unclear whether the F.B.I. would add Mr. Ludington’s accusations to the newly reopened background investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against Judge Kavanaugh, which has been limited in scope and time by the White House and Senate Republicans.’
Mr. Trump announced over the weekend that he was ordering a very limited investigation by the FBI which goes as far as to limit who agents may interview. Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) called it a “farce.”
Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) blasted the White House for micromanaging, saying:
‘You can’t interview this person, you can’t look at this time period, you can only look at these people from one side of the street from when they were growing up.
‘I mean, come on.’
According to The Times:
‘White House officials have asked the F.B.I. to interview four witnesses, a typical request in a background check. No evidence has emerged that the White House has forbidden any investigative steps, and President Trump has said he wants agents “to interview whoever they deem appropriate, at their discretion.”’
Trump went on Twitter Sunday accusing Democrats of playing politics. He tweeted:
‘Wow! Just starting to hear the Democrats, who are only thinking Obstruct and Delay, are starting to put out the word that the “time” and “scope” of FBI looking into Judge Kavanaugh and witnesses is not enough. Hello! For them, it will never be enough.’
The initial list of witnesses to be interviewed includes Mark Judge and P.J. Smyth, high school friends of Judge Kavanaugh’s; Leland Keyser, a high school friend of one of Judge Kavanaugh’s accusers, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford; and Deborah Ramirez, the second accuser of Judge Kavanaugh.
Dr. Blasey Ford said on Sunday that she had not been contacted by the F.B.I. Her attorney Debra S. said:
‘We have not heard from the F.B.I. despite repeated efforts to speak with them.’
The process of interviewing the four witnesses could be completed as soon as Monday.
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