Brett Kavanaugh lied to the Senate Judiciary Committee and all of America when he described his youthful drinking habits, according to three of the nominee’s Yale drinking buddies.
Charles Ludington, Lynne Brookes and Elizabeth Swisher — all of whom attended Yale University with Kavanaugh from 1983 to 1987 — wrote in a Washington Post editorial Friday of their belief that Kavanaugh should not be confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
It is not his college drinking that disqualifies him, they wrote, admitting they too drank irresponsibly, but it is his inability to humble himself before the people of the United States and own up to past behavior that bars him from serving in such a distinguished capacity.
> We were college classmates and drinking buddies with Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh. In the past week, all threeof usdecided separately to respond to questions from the media regarding Brett’s honesty, or lack thereof. In each of our cases, it was his public statements during a Fox News TV interview and his sworn testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee that prompted us to speak out.
> We each asserted that Brett lied to the Senate by stating, under oath, that he never drank to the point of forgetting what he was doing. We said, unequivocally, that each of us, on numerous occasions, had seen Brett stumbling drunk to the point that it would be impossible for him to state with any degree of certainty that he remembered everything that he did when drunk.
Kavanaugh’s former classmates firmly denied accusations that they were “attempting to ruin a man’s life because of his drunken antics as a college student” — it was not about the drinking but the lies, they wrote.
Each of the authors has experienced great disruption to their life since coming forward, they said — from receiving “large amounts of hate mail” to “threats of violence”.
> None of this is what we wanted, but we felt it our civic duty to speak the truth and say that Brett lied under oath while seeking to become a Supreme Court justice. That is our one and only message, but it is a significant one. For we each believe that telling the truth, no matter how difficult, is a moral obligation for our nation’s leaders. No one should be able to lie their way onto the Supreme Court. Honesty is the glue that holds together a society of laws. Lies are the solvent that dissolves those bonds.
> All of us went to Yale, whose motto is “Lux et Veritas” (Light and Truth). Brett also belonged to a Yale senior secret society called Truth and Courage. We believe that Brett neither tells the former nor embodies the latter. For this reason, we believe that Brett Kavanaugh should not sit on the nation’s highest court.