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Supreme
Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh was asked to explain words in
from his high school yearbook in a Senate Judiciary Committee
hearing on Thursday.

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  • Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Democratic
    Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse went back and forth over details from his
    high-school yearbook in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on
    Thursday.
  • They went over references to beer and “flatulence,” among
    other things.
  • Kavanaugh’s yearbook page has been scrutinized and carefully
    analyzed for any details that might pertain to allegations he
    sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford. 
  • Kavanaugh dismissed many of the references on the yearbook
    page as youthful jokes and indiscretions. 

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Democratic Sen.
Sheldon Whitehouse on Thursday went back and forth over details
from his high-school yearbook in a Senate Judiciary Committee
hearing, including references to beer and “flatulence.”

Kavanaugh is accused of sexually assaulting Christine Blasey Ford
at a high-school party when they were teenagers in the early
1980s. In this context, his yearbook page has been scrutinized
and carefully analyzed for any details that might pertain to the
alleged incident.


Kavanaugh yearbook
Extracts
of his high school yearbook are displayed as Supreme Court
nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the US Senate Judiciary
Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill
September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC.

Saul Loeb/Getty Images

Whitehouse on Thursday said that “one of the reasons, Mr.
Kavanaugh, that we are looking at the yearbook is that it is
relatively consistent in time with the events at issue here.

“And because it appears to be your words, is it, in fact, your
words on your yearbook page?” he said.

Kavanaugh told the senator they were his words, but it was
possible that editors changed them before the yearbook was
published. 

Whitehouse then proceeded to ask Kavanaugh for clarification on
various words on his yearbook page:

  • The senator, for example, asked Kavanaugh to explain a
    reference to “The Beach Week Ralph Club.”
  • After high school students graduate in the Washington, DC,
    area, many head to Ocean City, Maryland, for what is known as
    “Beach Week.” Whitehouse wanted to know to what “Ralph” alluded.
  • “That probably refers to throwing up. I’m known to have a
    weak stomach and always have. In fact, the last time I was here
    you asked me about having ketchup on spaghetti, I always have had
    a weak stomach,” Kavanaugh said.
  • Kavanaugh dodged whether the vomiting was related to alcohol
    when asked by the senator, but at one point said to him, “I like
    beer. I don’t know if you do. Do you like beer, senator? What do
    you like to drink?”

Whitehouse did not reply, and continued questioning
Kavanaugh. 

At another point during the questioning, Whitehouse asked
Kavanaugh for the meaning of “boofed,” which was also referenced
on the yearbook page. Kavanaugh said it was a slang term for
“flatulence.” 

“It refers to flatulence. We were 16,” Kavanaugh said.

Kavanaugh dismissed many of the references on the yearbook page
as youthful jokes and indiscretions. The Supreme Court nominee
unequivocally denies the sexual misconduct allegations he
faces. 

Read Business Insider’s full coverage of the Ford-Kavanaugh
hearing:

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