New Yale Accuser: Says Will Tell FBI He Saw Kavanaugh ‘Throw Beer in a Man’s Face’ at College Party
A new Yale accuser of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is coming out with accusations that Kavanaugh drank a lot at college parties and once tossed beer in a man’s face. The accuser, Chad Ludington, a former classmate of Kavanaugh’s, told the media he has contacted the FBI and will be going to the Raleigh, North Carolina, field office Monday to file a report. He says Kavanaugh lied to the Senate about his drinking at college. Kavanaugh admitted he drank too much at times when in school.
The New York Times reported on Ludington with a headline and lede:
A Yale classmate of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh’s accused him on Sunday of a “blatant mischaracterization” of his drinking while in college, saying that he often saw Judge Kavanaugh “staggering from alcohol consumption.”
The classmate, Chad Ludington, who said he frequently socialized with Judge Kavanaugh as a student, said in a statement that the judge had been untruthful in testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee when he had denied any possibility that he had ever blacked out from drinking.
Mr. Ludington said that Judge Kavanaugh had played down “the degree and frequency” of his drinking, and that the judge had often become “belligerent and aggressive” while intoxicated. Other former classmates have made similar claims.
“It is truth that is at stake, and I believe that the ability to speak the truth, even when it does not reflect well upon oneself, is a paramount quality we seek in our nation’s most powerful judges,” Mr. Ludington said, adding that he planned to “take my information to the F.B.I.”
Mr. Ludington, a professor at North Carolina State University who appears to have made small political contributions to Democratic candidates, said to The New York Times on Sunday that he had been told by the F.B.I.’s Washington, D.C., field office that he should go to the bureau’s Raleigh, N.C., office on Monday morning. He said he intended to do that, so he could “tell the full details of my story.”…
Charles Ludington, a former varsity basketball player and friend of Kavanaugh’s at Yale, told The Washington Post on Sunday that he plans to deliver a statement to the FBI field office in Raleigh on Monday detailing violent drunken behavior by Kavanaugh in college.
Ludington, an associate professor at North Carolina State University, provided a copy of the statement to The Post.
In it, Ludington says in one instance, Kavanaugh initiated a fight that led to the arrest of a mutual friend: “When Brett got drunk, he was often belligerent and aggressive. On one of the last occasions I purposely socialized with Brett, I witnessed him respond to a semi-hostile remark, not by defusing the situation, but by throwing his beer in the man’s face and starting a fight that ended with one of our mutual friends in jail.”
Ludington says he was deeply troubled by Kavanaugh appearing to blatantly mischaracterize his drinking in Senate testimony.
“I do not believe that the heavy drinking or even loutish behavior of an 18 or even 21 year old should condemn a person for the rest of his life,” Ludington wrote. “However … if he lied about his past actions on national television, and more especially while speaking under oath in front of the United States Senate, I believe those lies should have consequences.”
Kavanaugh said in his opening statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, “Sometimes I had too many beers. Sometimes others did. I liked beer. I still like beer. But I did not drink beer to the point of blacking out, and I never sexually assaulted anyone.”
Ludington’s accusations were made to the Post and Times the same day as Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) insinuated Kavanaugh doesn’t remember any memory losses because…he drank too much to remember any memory losses.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar tells @FaceTheNation that Brett Kavanaugh's drinking habits are relevant to the FBI's investigation: "Perhaps he doesn't remember what happened because there were repeated incidences of this excessive drinking" https://t.co/ZWp2ZjBk4G pic.twitter.com/i7FXWG3sEO
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