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Despite Brett Kavanaughâs defensive denials of allegations surrounding hisÂ high school drinkingÂ during last weekâs Senate testimony, Trump took away something substantially different â that Kavanaugh had some serious issues with alcohol.
After a Rose Garden photo op Monday morning, CNN correspondent Kaitlan Collins asked Trump if lying about drinking would disqualify Kavanaugh from the Supreme Court.
Trump replied, âI was surprised at how, uh, vocal he was about the fact that he likes beer. And heâs had a little bit of difficulty. I mean, he talked about things that happened when he drank.â
Trump added that Kavanaugh âis not a man that said that alcohol was absent, that he was perfect with respect to alcohol.â
Trumpâs assertions about Kavanaugh donât really help the Republican cause. In reality, Kavanaugh was not forthcoming about his âdifficulty.â Instead, he was very defensive about his drinking during his school years, and evenÂ attackedÂ Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) when she asked him if heâd ever suffered even partial memory loss while drinking.
âI donât know, have you?â Kavanaugh asked Sen. Klobuchar, before claiming he had not.
Kavanaugh similarlyÂ toldÂ Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) that heâd never even had a âfoggy recollectionâ as a result of his drinking.
But even through his denials, Kavanaugh did manage toÂ repeatedlyÂ profess a love of beer that have left many observers with the impression that his drinking was more than casual.
Questions about Kavanaughâs lying are especially relevant given the news that Senate Republicans and the White House have thus farÂ been riggingÂ the FBI investigation to exclude all but four witnesses, including keeping out many Kavanaugh classmates whoÂ have come forwardÂ with recollections of his abusive drinking.
One of those classmates has said, âYou canât lie your way onto the Supreme Court,â but if Trump and the Republicans have their way, it looks like Brett Kavanaugh just might.
Published with permission of The American Independent.