‘Kavanaugh lied about drinking’

A Yale classmate of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh says the judge lied under oath about his “heavy” drinking habits.

Charles Ludington said that he was “deeply troubled” by the judge’s “blatant mischaracterisation”.

Mr Kavanaugh has denied ever drinking to the point of memory loss – most recently during last week’s testimony before a Senate committee.

The FBI is inquiring into allegations of sexual assault by Mr Kavanaugh.

The new inquiry has delayed a final vote on Judge Kavanaugh, who if confirmed is likely to tip America’s highest court in favour of conservatives.

Prof. Ludington, who teaches at North Carolina State University, said he had seen Judge Kavanaugh slurring his words and staggering after excessive alcohol consumption while at Yale.

The professor also said Judge Kavanaugh “was often belligerent and aggressive” when drunk.

“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.”

He noted that it was not Judge Kavanaugh’s drinking habits in college that worried him – it was the fact that he made questionable statements under oath.

“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,” Prof. Ludington said.

The professor plans to speak with the FBI on Monday, according the New York Times.

 

His statement contradicts another Yale classmate – former NBA player Chris Dudley – who told the Washington Post he “never, ever saw Brett Kavanaugh black out” from alcohol consumption.

 

Prof. Ludington and Mr Dudley are among several of Judge Kavanaugh’s classmates who have recently spoken out about his behaviour at Yale.

The discussion around the top court nominee’s drinking habits forms part of the FBI inquiry, which is expected to be completed within a week.

 

US media report that the FBI spoke with Ms Ramirez, who accuses Judge Kavanaugh of exposing his genitals to her during a college party, on Sunday.

Opposition Democrats have accused the administration of trying to limit the scope of the inquiry, amid media reports that Judge Kavanaugh’s third accuser – Julie Swetnick – would not be interviewed.

Mr Trump has denied imposing any restrictions, saying he wanted the FBI “to interview whoever they deem appropriate”. -BBC

 

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