At least three former Yale classmates of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have accused the federal judge of misrepresenting the extent of his drinking during his college years, multiple outlets have reported.
Chad Ludington, a North Carolina college professor, claims he “frequently saw Judge Kavanaugh ‘staggering from alcohol consumption’ during their student years,” according to The New York Times.
Ludington called Kavanaugh “belligerent and aggressive” while at Yale and accused the judge of “starting a fight that ended with one of our mutual friends in jail” by throwing a beer in someone’s face, the Times piece also noted.
Ludington is slated to speak with the FBI at its Raleigh, North Carolina, office today, the outlet reported.
Liz Swisher, a classmate of Kavanaugh’s during his undergraduate years at Yale, also told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Friday that Kavanaugh was “lying” about the extent of his youthful drinking.
Swisher, who says she drank beer with the nominee and knew him since the beginning of freshman year, said, “I never saw him be sexually aggressive, but he definitely was sloppy drunk.”
In Swisher’s estimation, Kavanaugh “lied under oath” because his characterization of the extent of his drinking is not in line with her own perceptions, which include Kavanaugh as a “partier.”
She also agreed with Cuomo that “ralph club” typically means throwing up after drinking too much, rather than from having a weak stomach, as Kavanaugh mentioned during the hearing when a reference to it was made in his high school annual.
In addition, Lynne Brookes told CNN’s Cuomo on Thursday that she and a number of Yale colleagues were “extremely disappointed” in the way Kavanaugh had “evaded his excessive drinking questions” on Thursday, per The Daily Wire.
Brookes, a registered Republican, was a roommate of Kavanaugh’s second accuser, Deborah Ramirez.
Brookes told ABC News, “I find it very hard to imagine that [Kavanaugh] never blacked out or had memory problems.”
As Swisher did as well, Brookes denied ever witnessing the judge engaging in any sexually inappropriate behavior and says she was not present at the party in question involving Ramirez.
Ramirez has accused Kavanaugh of sexually inappropriate behavior at a drunken dorm room party, during which he allegedly exposed himself in a stunt involving swapping a fake penis for his actual penis.
Kavanaugh has vehemently denied all of the accusations against him and has maintained his innocence.
The White House and Senate Republicans have directed the FBI to interview a handful of people.
These include the nominee’s high school friends Mark Judge and P.J. Smyth, Ford’s high school friend Leland Keyser, and Kavanaugh accuser Deborah Ramirez.
So, now it is not about sexual assault, it is about drinking? I can't wait to exam the democrats 2020 presidential nominee's high school and college years.
— Matt Berkus (@Matt_Berkus) September 28, 2018
but did he lie about drinking?? pretty sure he said he liked beer then and likes beer now…admitted sometimes he drank a little too much in hs/college also…where is the lie?
— David V. Flaherty (@FlahertyLaw) September 29, 2018
Thanks for the letter. Where did Kavanaugh lie? He said he drank a lot of beer. And was never asked if he ever tossed a beer at anyone.
— Tim Chase (@Sixgojojo) October 1, 2018
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Michele Blood is a Flemington, New Jersey-based freelance writer and a regular contributor to LifeZette.