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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 06: Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the third day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill September 6, 2018 in Washington, DC. Kavanaugh was nominated by President Donald Trump to fill the vacancy on the court left by retiring Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Supreme Court nominee
Brett Kavanaugh was 17 when Maryland increased the drinking age
to 21 in 1982.


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  • Both women who have accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual
    misconduct in high school and college say that he was
    intoxicated when the alleged incidents occurred.
  • Kavanaugh addressed his high school’s drinking
    culture in an interview on Monday, saying the drinking age
    was 18 back then.
  • But in 1982, Maryland — where Kavanaugh was raised and
    attended high school — changed the legal drinking age from 18
    to 21. He was 17 at the time.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh and his wife, Ashley Kavanaugh,
conducted
an unusual interview with Fox News
on Monday in an attempt to
defend the Supreme Court nominee’s reputation amid sexual
misconduct allegations.

As the backdrop to these allegations, Kavanaugh has been
portrayed as an eager participant in
a hard-partying culture at his elite all-boys high school
,
Georgetown Preparatory, and as a college student at Yale
University, where he was a member of a fraternity
and an all-male secret society, Truth and Courage, nicknamed “Tit
and Clit.”

Both of Kavanaugh’s accusers say he was intoxicated when the
alleged misconduct occurred in
high school and college.

At one point during the Monday interview, Kavanaugh addressed
Georgetown Prep’s drinking culture.

“Yes, there were parties,” Kavanaugh told Fox host Martha
MacCallum
. “And the drinking age was 18, and yes, the seniors
were legal and had beer there. And yes, people might have had too
many beers on occasion and people generally in high school — I
think all of us have probably done things we look back on in high
school and regret or cringe a bit.”

But Maryland’s drinking age for
beer and wine was legally changed from
18 to 21
in July 1982, during the summer
before Kavanaugh’s senior year. It had already been 21 for hard liquor.

Residents who had turned 18 by
that time were grandfathered in and allowed
to drink. Kavanaugh was 17 at the time.

In 1984, the National Minimum Drinking Age
Act
made the drinking age 21 nationwide.

Christine Blasey Ford, now a professor of psychology, says that
Kavanaugh forced himself on her, locked her in a room,
groped her, and covered her mouth to mask her screams during a
drunken house party when she was 15 and he was 17.

Kavanaugh insisted during the interview that he never drank so
much that he could not recall what happened while he was
intoxicated.

“That never happened,” he said.

Kavanaugh’s college roommate, James Roche,
told The New Yorker
that he remembered Kavanaugh being
“frequently, incoherently drunk” and said that it was plausible
that Kavanaugh exposed himself to their classmate, Deborah
Ramirez, while inebriated in college.

“Is it believable that she was alone with a wolfy group of guys
who thought it was funny to sexually torment a girl like Debbie?
Yeah, definitely,” Roche said, referring to Ramirez, who was his
close friend in college. “Is it believable that Kavanaugh was one
of them? Yes.”

Kavanaugh has forcefully denied both women’s allegations, calling
the claims “smears, pure and simple” and “grotesque and obvious
character assassination”
in a letter
to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

During the Fox interview, he said he wouldn’t “speculate about
motives.”

“I am not questioning and have not questioned that perhaps Dr.
Ford, at some point in her life, was sexually assaulted by
someone in some place,” Kavanaugh said. “But what I know is I’ve
never sexually assaulted anyone in high school or at any time in
my life.”

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