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Charles Ludington, Lynne Brookes, and Elizabeth Swisher Write OpEd in Opposition to Brett Kavanaugh’s Confirmation to the Supreme Court

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Brett Kavanaugh, Christine Blasey Ford

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies to the Senate Judiciary Committee during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. Kavanaugh was called back to testify about claims by Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused him of sexually assaulting her during a party in 1982 when they were high school students in suburban Maryland. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

In a Washington Post op-ed, Charles Ludington, Lynne Brookes, and Elizabeth Swisher, who attended Yale University from 1983 to 1987 with Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh, explain why they oppose his nomination, disputing his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the process.

“We were college classmates and drinking buddies with Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh,” the three wrote, noting that they “each asserted that Brett lied to the Senate by stating, under oath, that he never drank to the point of forgetting what he was doing.”

“We said, unequivocally, that each of us, on numerous occasions, had seen Brett stumbling drunk to the point that it would be impossible for him to state with any degree of certainty that he remembered everything that he did when drunk,” they continued, noting that they “drank too much in college as well” and can attest that Kavanaugh did, contrary to what he’s stated, drink to the point of “blacking out.”

The three former classmates say they’ve received “numerous angry messages accusing us of attempting to ruin a man’s life because of his drunken antics as a college student,” that they’ve had their lives and those of their families disrupted; that one of them has had news reporters camp out in front of their home; that “we have received large amounts of hate mail, including threats of violence”; that they “have lost friendships”; and that “The work servers of one of us were hacked.”

They conclude:

None of this is what we wanted, but we felt it our civic duty to speak the truth and say that Brett lied under oath while seeking to become a Supreme Court justice. That is our one and only message, but it is a significant one. For we each believe that telling the truth, no matter how difficult, is a moral obligation for our nation’s leaders. No one should be able to lie their way onto the Supreme Court. Honesty is the glue that holds together a society of laws. Lies are the solvent that dissolves those bonds.

All of us went to Yale, whose motto is “Lux et Veritas” (Light and Truth). Brett also belonged to a Yale senior secret society called Truth and Courage. We believe that Brett neither tells the former nor embodies the latter. For this reason, we believe that Brett Kavanaugh should not sit on the nation’s highest court.

Ludington, who cooperated with the FBI’s investigation into the sexual misconduct claims against Kavanaugh brought to light by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who alleges Kavanaugh assaulted her at a high school party in the 1980s, recently came forward to say that Kavanaugh was “a frequent drinker, and a heavy drinker” who was “belligerent and aggressive” while under the influence.

“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,” he said in a full statement published in The New York Times.

Authorities have already begun to investigate that incident, which took place at a Connecticut bar in 1985. In the New Haven, Connecticut, police department report, a man named Dom Cozzolino said Kavanaugh had thrown ice on him. Cozzolino also said that Kavanaugh’s friend Chris Dudley had thrown a glass that hit him on the ear.

Last month, Brookes said that the comments Kavanaugh made in his Fox News interview––that he had been a pious virgin who did not engage in drunken or lewd behavior with his fraternity––do not match the classmate she remembers.

“He’s trying to paint himself as some kind of choir boy,” said Brookes, who at one point lived on campus with Deborah Ramirez, who says Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a fraternity party and recalled seeing Kavanaugh drunk at a fraternity event.

“You can’t lie your way onto the Supreme Court, and with that statement out, he’s gone too far. It’s about the integrity of that institution.”

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