Alcoholic consumption by Kavanaugh also would have been illegal during the notorious Beach Week, an annual trip to the Eastern Shore that involved heavy drinking, according to numerous eyewitness accounts.
The exchange was a freaky turn in a hearing full of surprises and Kavanaugh, seemingly aware that he had crossed a line with his responses, apologized after the committee took a short break.
Asked if Kavanaugh had ever suffered memory loss during a time that he had been drinking, Kavanaugh said no, but still defended beer drinking.
Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, had a stand-off during the contentious public hearing surrounding the allegations from Christine Blasey Ford, a professor who claims Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers in the 1980s.
"I liked beer", he said. In Judge's book, he writes about wild parties at Georgetown Prep, the school where he and Kavanaugh became friends.
The 18-year-old limit "allowed friends to legally purchase beer, and for him to drink at high school parties", Shah added. "I liked beer. I still like beer", he said.
"Yes, we drank beer, my friends and I, boys and girls", Kavanaugh told the committee. "We drank beer", Kavanaugh responded to a question about his past intoxication.
"I liked beer. Still like beer. But I did not drink beer to the point of blacking out, and I never sexually assaulted anyone".
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"You're asking about blackout, I don't know, have you?"
"Yeah, and I'm curious if you have?"
"Well, I was thinking that if I was in his courtroom and acted like that, he would have thrown me out", Klobuchar said. If everyone in high school who drank beer in this country was accused of sexual assault, Kavanaugh said, the country would be in a dark place. The drinking age there did not increase to 21 from 18 until 1986. Do you like beer, senator, or not?
Kavanaugh could legally drink in nearby Washington, D.C., for the final five months of high school.
"So you're saying there's never been a case where you drank so much that you didn't remember what happened the night before or part of what happened". Kavanaugh's bio in the senior yearbook notes that he was a member of the "Keg City Club (treasurer) - 100 Kegs or Bust".
Kavanaugh also said that he never woke up without his clothes or forgot what happened the night before.
The thing is, no one is accusing Kavanaugh of assaulting Ford because he drinks beer. "Sometimes probably had too many beers".