Published: Sun, October 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Kavanaugh’s ex-roommate says the SCOTUS nominee lied under oath

Kavanaugh’s ex-roommate says the SCOTUS nominee lied under oath

US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh lied under oath - about his drinking and about the meaning of his yearbook entries - his freshman-year roommate at Yale said on Wednesday.

"Kavanaugh stood up under oath and lied about his drinking and about the meaning of words in his yearbook", Roche wrote in an op-ed published in Slate.

"I can unequivocally say that in denying the possibility that he ever blacked out from drinking, and in downplaying the degree and frequency of his drinking, Brett has not told the truth", North Carolina State University professor Chad Ludington said, AFP reported.

Other Republicans who've left a briefing on the report says there's nothing in it to corroborate the allegations against Kavanaugh, who denies the accusations.

The three Kavanaugh friends acknowledged that although they've been threatened and accused of "attempting to ruin a man's life because of his drunken antics as a college student", they also noted that he was far from alone in his exploits.

"The FBI didn't find Debbie's story because they were not looking for it", Roche wrote.

It appears he will not be given the opportunity, however. The FBI has been conducting a supplemental background investigation into the nominee after Kavanaugh and Ford testified before the Judiciary Committee. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who pushed to delay the vote on Kavanaugh so the FBI could investigate, said the judge would not be confirmed if the probe revealed he had lied to senators.

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Christine Blasey Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in the 1980's during a high school house gathering. Senator Joe Manchin, the only remaining undecided Democrat, said he would finish reading the report this morning.

Jaime Roche is the latest classmate to come forward to dispute Kavanaugh's senate hearing testimony.

"We were in a room together - our beds were 10 feet apart for a couple of months", Roche told CNN.

"I was not a choirboy, but--unlike Brett--I'm not going on national television and testifying under oath that I was", Roche continued.

The FBI interviewed several people, including three who Ford had said attended a 1982 high school gathering in suburban Maryland where she says Kavanaugh's attack occurred, plus another Kavanaugh friend.

One of the most important former classmates of Kavanaugh is Kenneth Appold who is now a professor at Princeton's Theological Seminary. Roche also specifically contests parts of Kavanaugh's testimony where he feels he was untruthful, like his description of the terms "boofing" and "Devil's Triangle".

"An FBI supplemental background investigation that did not include an interview of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford - nor the witnesses who corroborate her testimony - can not be called an investigation", the lawyers said. My mother, who has since passed away, was a Republican state representative in CT. "And so it felt to me like somebody had to get up and speak for her".

Roche later issued a lengthier statement describing Kavanaugh as a heavy drinker in college. "I think that contributed to some of my feelings about the fact that these guys treated women in a way that I didn't like".

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