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The exchange was a freakish turn in a hearing full of surprises and Kavanaugh, seemingly aware that he had crossed a line with his responses, apologized after the committee took a short break. In other words, it was not legal for him to drink in Maryland at any point during his high school years.

In a Fox News interview on Monday, Kavanaugh said, "Yes, there were parties".

In his testimony, Kavanaugh, who has denied all of Ford's accusations, stated correctly that the drinking age had been 18 in Maryland for "most" of his time in high school.

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.

"Still, the problem for me is, he really didn't answer the question about if there have been incidences where he didn't partially remember what happened".

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has readily acknowledged that he often drank beer during his prep school days and made a point in his congressional testimony that seniors could buy beer legally in Maryland at the age of 18. "The drinking age as I noted was 18, so the seniors were legal. I liked beer. I still like beer", he said.

Klobuchar responded: "I appreciate that".

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After a recess, Kavanaugh offered an apology for questioning Klobuchar's drinking habits in a heated exchange. "I still like beer". Yes, we drank beer, I like beer, I still like beer, we drank beer. "But we have heard, not under oath, your college roommate say that you did drink frequently". "I don't know if you do".

"Yeah, and I'm curious if you have", Kavanaugh said.

Kavanaugh's drinking has come under intense scrutiny after California professor Christine Blasey Ford alleged that a heavily intoxicated Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while they were both teenagers at a Maryland house party during the summer of 1982.

"Nor do I", Kavanaugh said. The drinking age in NY initially was 19, but it rose to 21 as of December 1985. A good rule of thumb might be that you've drunk too many beers if find yourself vomiting or waking up with a hangover.

How often Kavanaugh drank to excess in high school and college, and exactly how drunk he was on those occasions, is a matter of some dispute among people who knew him then. Was there ever a time when you drank so much you couldn't remember what happened or part of what happened the night before? "Was there ever a time when you drank so much that you couldn't remember what happened or part of what happened the night before?" "It's a tough process, I am sorry about that", Kavanaugh said.

Klobuchar: Drinking is one thing, but the concern is about truthfulness and in your written testimony you said sometimes you had too many drinks.

"We drank beer and still do, so whatever", he said.