As Senate Republicans are rushing to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, an increasing number of people are coming forward to accuse Kavanaugh of perjury.
The Washington Post published on Thursday evening an op-ed written by three of Kavanaugh’s Yale classmates, who accuse him of lying under oath when he told the Senate Judiciary Committee he never drank so much he blacked out.
Charles Ludington, Lynne Brookes, and Elizabeth Swisher — all of whom were classmates of Kavanaugh’s from 1983 to 1987 at Yale — wrote that they “were all classmates and drinking buddies” with the future judge, adding that each of them “had seen Brett stumbling drunk to the point that it would be impossible for him to state with any degree of certainty that he remembered everything that he did when drunk.”
“Since coming forward, we each have received numerous angry messages accusing us of attempting to ruin a man’s life because of his drunken antics as a college student,” they add. “In fact, none of us condemned Brett for his frequent drunkenness. We drank too much in college as well. It is true that Brett acknowledged he sometimes drank ‘too many beers.’ But he also stated that he never drank to the point of blacking out.”
The publication of the op-ed marked the second time on Thursday that a Yale classmate of Kavanaugh’s publicly accused him of perjury. Earlier in the day, Kavanaugh’s former college roommate, Jamie Roche, said during a CNN appearance that he has specific memories of having conversations with Kavanaugh in which the future judge confessed to drinking to the point where he’d say things like, “Well, I can’t really remember if I did this or did that.”
“I was Brett’s college roommate, we shared a room. We had beds 12 feet apart, and I would see him leaving to go to parties having had beers in our suite, I saw him coming home from parties unable to speak coherently,” Roche said. “I saw him when he was vomiting in the bedroom and in the bathroom in the suite, and I saw him the next morning when he couldn’t get himself out of bed. I am not a doctor, I don’t know how you define ‘blacking out,’ but like I lot of people I had some beer in college as well and I would say those things are consistent with blacking out.”
Senate Republicans, however, don’t care about the mounting evidence that Kavanaugh may have lied to Congress. They are pushing to hold a final confirmation vote for Kavanaugh as soon on Saturday.
During a news conference on Thursday, a group of old, white Republican men held a news conference in which they used lies and crackpot theories to downplay the sexual assault allegations that have been leveled against Kavanaugh, two of which allegedly occurred at parties while he was drinking.
On Friday morning, Judiciary Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) went as far as to characterize perjury and sexual assault as “secondary things” that shouldn’t interfere with Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
(I guess for Chuck perjury and sexual assault are "secondary things.") pic.twitter.com/XD1eLsQAff
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 5, 2018
“I’ve been dealing with a demolition derby on the part of the Democrats where they’ve been out to do everything to defeat him, and one of the things you’d think they’d be concentrating on is, ‘is he qualified to be on the court?'” Grassley said. “His qualifications have not been at issue. Everything that’s been at issue is secondary things.”