Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was questioned by police in New Haven in 1985 following a bar fight, but there was no indication charges were filed, according to documents obtained by The New York Times. A brawl ensued, and Kavanaugh was one of five men questioned by the New Haven Police Department, records show.
Chad Ludington, Kavanaugh's Yale classmate and fellow member of the school's basketball team, initially issued a statement Sunday that detailed the incident, however Ludington accused Kavanaugh of throwing his beer, and not ice, at the man. A witness reportedly said that Chris Dudley, a close friend of Kavanaugh's who has come out in support of his nomination, then hit the man in the ear with a glass. The blow left Cozzolino "bleeding from the right ear", according to the report. What motivated New York Times reporter to write this ridiculous story?
Noticing they were staring at him, the man aggressively told the quartet to stop, at which point Kavanaugh "threw his beer at the guy", Ludington said. The women say Kavanaugh was drunk during the alleged incidents.
Charles Ludington said that he was "deeply troubled" by the judge's "blatant mischaracterisation". Kavanaugh claimed during the hearings that he has never blacked out or suffered memory loss from drinking.
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The incident was recounted by Chad Ludington, another classmate of Kavanaugh's who has been in contact with the Federal Bureau of Investigation amid a supplemental background check on Kavanaugh following allegations of sexual misconduct by several women.
The most senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Dianne Feinstein, has sent a letter urging the White House to release the written directive sent by President Trump to the FBI launching the investigation. She testified at a hearing last week that Judge Kavanaugh tried to remove her clothing, pinned her to a bed and covered her mouth at a house party in 1982, when she was 15 and he was 17.
The FBI is investigating the allegations and will present its findings to the Senate by Friday. In response to a statement from Kavanaugh in which he insisted that he was focused on sports and academics in school and never drank to excess, Liz Swisher, another former classmate at Yale who now works as a doctor in Seattle, said that his statements were "not credible". "For the fact is, at Yale, and I can speak to no other times, Brett was a frequent drinker, and a heavy drinker".