Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh insisted several times between his Fox News interview and testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee that he was legally able to drink beer during his senior year of high school.
But The Associated Press noted Friday that this is untrue: Maryland increased the legal drinking age to 21 while Kavanaugh was still 17 years old.
> Kavanaugh’s drinking has come under intense scrutiny after California professor Christine Blasey Ford alleged that a heavily intoxicated Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while they were both teenagers at a Maryland house party during the summer of 1982.
> The legal age in that state was raised to 21 on July 1, 1982; Kavanaugh did not turn 18 until Feb. 12, 1983.
During his interview on Fox News earlier this week, Kavanaugh said he did attend parties where drinking was involved, saying “the drinking age was 18. And yes, the seniors were legal.”
In his Thursday testimony, Kavanaugh told the committee his Fox News interview statements were accurate and could be made part of the hearing record, the AP reported.
During that hearing, Kavanaugh repeated his claim that 18 was the legal drinking age during his senior year of high school:
> Pressed at the hearing about his drinking habits in high school, he again claimed he had not broken the law.
> “Yes we drank beer, my friends and I, boys and girls. Yes, we drank beer. I liked beer. I still like beer,” he said. “The drinking age as I noted was 18, so the seniors were legal. Senior year in high school, people were legal to drink.”
> 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.