Yale classmate recalls Kavanaugh as frequent, heavy drinker

Updated October 02, 2018

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Brett Kavanaugh. — File Photo
Brett Kavanaugh. — File Photo

WASHINGTON: FBI agents interviewed one of the three women who have accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kav­a­­naugh of sexual misconduct as Republicans and Democrats quarrelled over whether the bureau would have enough time and freedom to conduct a thorough investigation before a high-stakes vote on his nomination to the nation’s highest court.

And even as the FBI explored the past allegations that have surfaced against Kavanaugh, another Yale University classmate came forward to accuse the federal appellate judge of being untruthful in his testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee about the extent of his drinking in college.

In a statement released on Sunday, the classmate said he is “deeply troubled by what has been a blatant mischaracterisation by Brett himself of his drinking at Yale”.

Charles “Chad” Ludington, who now teaches at North Carolina State University, said he was a friend of Kavanaugh’s at Yale and that Kavanaugh was “a frequent drinker, and a heavy drinker”.

“On many occasions I heard Brett slur his words and saw him staggering from alcohol consumption, not all of which was beer. When Brett got drunk, he was often belligerent and aggressive,” Ludington said. While saying that youthful drinking should not condemn a person for life, Ludington said he was concerned about Kavanaugh’s statements under oath before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Published in Dawn, October 2nd, 2018