Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford testify on sex assault allegations
Judge Brett Kavanaugh acknowledged for the first line during today's Senate Judiciary committee hearing that he drank beer, he liked beer, and he and his friends "sometimes probably had too many beers."
Rachel Mitchell, the Arizona prosecutor asking questions on behalf of the Senate Republicans, then asked what he considered to be too many.
Kavanaugh responded, "I don't know. You know -- whatever the chart says. Blood alcohol chart," and chuckled.
Mitchell then asked if Kavanaugh ever "passed out from drinking."
He said no. "I've gone to sleep, but I've never blacked out. That's the allegation, and that's -- that's wrong."
Prosecutor Rachel Mitchell asked Judge Brett Kavanaugh a series of questions about the allegations against him. He responded "no" to all of them.
Here's the exchange:
Mitchell: "Dr. Ford described an incident when she was alone in a room with you and Mark Judge. Have you ever been alone in a room with Dr. Ford and Mark Judge?"
Mitchell: "Dr. Ford described an incident when you were grinding your genitals on her. Have you ever ground or rubbed your genitals against Dr. Ford?"
Mitchell: "Dr. Ford describes an incident when you covered her mouth with your hand. Have you ever covered Dr. Ford's mouth with your hand?"
Mitchell: "Dr. Ford described an incident where you tried to remove her clothes. Have you ever tried to remove her clothes?"
Mitchell: "Referring back to the definition of sexual behavior that I have given you, have you ever at any time engaged in sexual behavior with Dr. Ford?"
Mitchell: "Have you ever engaged in sexual behavior with Dr. Ford even if it was consensual?"
Brett Kavanaugh was just asked about his relationship with Mark Judge, who Christine Blasey Ford alleges was in the room at the time of her sexual assault.
Kavanaugh said they became friends in the ninth grade. Here's how he described Judge:
"Funny guy. Great writer. Popular. Developed a serious addiction problem that lasted decades, near death a couple of times from his addiction, suffered tremendously."
However, Kavanaugh said he hasn't talked to judge in a few years. "We've probably been on mass e-mails or group e-mails that go around among my high school friends," he said.
Mark Judge has said he has no memory of the alleged sexual assault committed by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, making the claim in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Judge denied the incident and his lawyer said he has no plans to speak publicly.
"I have no memory of this alleged incident," Judge states in the letter sent by his lawyer, Barbara Van Gelder.
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh told the Senate Judiciary Committee that the accusations against him may have repercussions beyond his nomination.
Kavanaugh shared that he has taught constitutional law at Harvard Law School over the past 12 years, but said he may "never be able to teach again."
"One of my former women students, a Democrat, testified to this committee that I was an even-handed professor who treats people fairly and with respect. In a letter to this committee, my former students, male and female alike, wrote that I displayed a character that impressed us all. I love teaching law, but thanks to what some of you on this side of the committee have unleashed, I may never be able to teach again," Kavanaugh said.
He continued, explaining that he had spent the past seven years coaching his daughter's basketball teams, but said he also may never be able to coach again.
"I coach because I know that a girl's confidence on the basketball court translates into confidence in other aspects of life. I love coaching more than anything I've ever done in my whole life, but thanks to what some of you on this side of the committee have unleashed, I may never be able to coach again."
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh said he cringes when he looks back at his high school yearbook — but maintained that the jokes in it were not about anything sexual.
"As high school students, we sometimes did goofy or stupid things. I doubt we're alone in looking back at high school and cringing at some things. For one thing, our yearbook was a disaster," he said.
Kavanaugh included "Renate Alumnius" as an entry in his high school yearbook page, and two of Kavanaugh's classmates told the New York Times the mentions of "Renate" were part of the high school football players' unsubstantiated boasting about their conquests with Renate Schroeder Dolphin
Kavanaugh explained the reference like this:
"One thing in particular we were sad about, one of our good — one of our good female friends, who we would admire and went to dances with had her name used on the yearbook page with the term alumnus. That yearbook reference was clumsily intended to show affection and that she was one of us. But in this circus, the media has interpreted the term was related to sex. It was not related to sex.
A source close to Kavanaugh says he wrote every word. This was not precleared with the White House. This is 100% him.
As Kavanaugh speaks with a lot of emotion –- at times fighting through tears -– a few people in the audience have been spotted also wiping tears, including when he spoke emotionally about his father.
Police have arrested protesters who were blocking the roadway that runs between the Supreme Court and Capitol Hill.
The protesters sat in the road and linked arms.
Fellow protesters began chanting: "Arrest rapists. Not protesters."
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh teared up when he mentioned his 10-year-old daughter, Liza, during his opening statement.
Kavanaugh was explaining how he said he bears Ford no ill will when he recounted how Liza, when saying her prayers, said, “We should pray for the woman.”
“It’s a lot of wisdom from a 10 year old,” he said.
Watch the moment: