Christine Blasey Ford, a university professor from Palo Alto, testified to the committee that Kavanaugh and a friend, drunk at a house party in high school, had held her down on a bed, attempted to remove her clothes and covered her mouth as she tried to scream.
But Kavanaugh was never a legal drinker in that state when he was a high schooler - he was still 17 when that state's drinking age was increased to 21 on July 1, 1982.
Kavanaugh: No. I remember what happened and I think you've probably had beers, Senator?
Brett Kavanaugh gave a spirited defense of his conduct and character at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, during which he was accused of drunken sexual assault, but mentioned drinking beer almost 30 times.
"So drinking is one thing, but the concern is about truthfulness", Klobuchar said.
"Nor do I", Kavanaugh said.
This gave fodder to the twitterverse as several comments regarding Kavanaugh's "unapologetic love for beer" started trending on the social networking site soon after the testimony. His alleged heavy drinking in school is now in the national spotlight. "I liked beer. I still like beer", he said.
"Yes, we drank beer, my friends and I, boys and girls", Kavanaugh told the committee. I still like beer. The drinking age, as I noted, was 18, so the seniors were legal, senior year in high school people were legal to drink.
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Ultimately, President Donald Trump agreed to instruct the Federal Bureau of Investigation to probe the allegations. Kavanaugh has denied all claims against him. "We can confirm the FBI has reached out to interview Ms.
"I liked beer. Still like beer".
He responded, "You're asking about blackout".
"I appreciate that. I want to add that when you have a parent who is an alcoholic, you are pretty careful about drinking". Yes, we drank beer. "I don't know. Have you?"
The questioning had begun cordially, with Kavanaugh thanking Klobuchar for the meeting they had and for her handling of a prior hearing. Do you like beer, senator, or not?
Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, left, and Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, during a public hearing in Washington DC, September 27, 2018.
" Um, next" replied Whitehouse, who continued to ask about his yearbook entries.
She then took apart Republicans' charges that Democrats were simply trying to stall Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court by noting that they showed no similar urgency when former President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court in 2016.
BuzzFeed and others cut together Kavanaugh's beer references, a number of which went viral on Twitter.