Brett Kavanaugh lied under oath about his adolescent drinking habits and knowledge of certain sexually-charged phrases, his college roommate alleged Wednesday. Jamie Roche, who shared a dorm room with Kavanaugh during their freshman year at Yale University in 1983, said the embattled Supreme Court nominee frequently drank copious amounts of alcohol, blacked out and threw up.
“He claimed that he occasionally drank too much but never enough to forget details of the night before, never enough to ‘black out,’” Roche wrote in an essay published by Slate, referring to Kavanaugh’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week. “He did, regularly.”
Roche also contended Kavanaugh lied when he told senators during his tearful testimony that “Devil’s Triangle” and “Boofing” — phrases included in his high school yearbook entry — were references to a drinking game and farting respectively. “’Boofing’ and ‘Devil’s Triangle’ are sexual references,” Roche said. “I know this because I heard Brett and his friends using these terms on multiple occasions.”
Ramirez alleges Kavanaugh exposed himself to her and thrust his penis in her face during a drunken dorm party at Yale. She has been interviewed by the FBI over those claims as part of Kavanaugh’s reopened background investigation, according to her attorney. Kavanaugh, 53, has vehemently denied Ramirez’s accusations and Roche conceded he didn’t know for a fact whether the alleged incident ever took place. However, as a longtime friend of Ramirez, Roche said he has no reason to not believe her because he can’t recall “ever having a reason to distrust anything, large or small, that I have heard from Debbie.”
On the flipside, Roche said he has several reasons to distrust Kavanaugh. “His lies about sexual terms and his drinking are directly relevant to the accusations of Christine Blasey Ford and Debbie Ramirez, which both involved sexual behavior and heavy drinking,” Roche said, naming one of Kavanaugh’s other accusers. “In this climate, had he simply said ‘I don’t remember’ or even ‘If I did these things in my youth I am sorry,’ he might have sailed through the confirmation process. But he lied, under oath, like it was nothing.”
Roche said he has offered to speak to the FBI but had as of late Wednesday not been contacted by agents. Democrats fume that the White House is interfering in the FBI probe, limiting its scope and refusing to allow the bureau to take testimony from Kavanaugh and other crucial witnesses. The FBI is expected to deliver its findings by Thursday morning, according to people familiar with the matter. Roche said the alleged lies Kavanaugh has been caught in are serious enough to disqualify him from being considered for the highest court of the land.