“This depiction of Holton-Arms as Studio 54 on the Potomac may be nothing more than adolescent posturing, and only the alumnae can judge how accurately it reflects their social life in the early 1980s,” the authors write. “But it is clear that a lack of vigilance by the yearbook’s faculty adviser and bacchanalian extracurricular activities were by no means unique to Georgetown Prep.”
Kavanaugh’s Georgetown Prep yearbooks were subject to intense scrutiny in the press and before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Democratic Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy asked Kavanaugh to explain the “drinking and sexual exploits” described in his own yearbook entry. Democratic Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse followed on with more probing questions, asking Kavanaugh to explain references to “boofing” and “the devil’s triangle.”
“One of the reasons, Mr. Kavanaugh, that we are looking at the yearbook is that it is relatively consistent in time with the events at issue here,” Whitehouse told the justice during a Sept. 27 hearing.
Lawyer Michael Avenatti, who represented another Kavanaugh accuser called Julie Swetnick, accused the justice of alluding to depraved sex acts in his yearbook listing. Swetnick originally accused Kavanaugh of facilitating gang rapes at house parties during the early 1980s. She qualified those allegations in interviews with the press that followed her original allegation. Republican lawmakers asked the Department of Justice to investigate Avenatti and Swetnick for providing false statements to Congress in October 2018.
Kavanaugh countered that “boofing” was slang for flatulence, and “the devil’s triangle” was a drinking game involving three beers arranged in a pyramid formation. He denied they had any salacious connotations.
Hemingway and Severino interviewed more than 100 people for the book, including President Donald Trump, seniors members of the administration, justices of the Supreme Court and members of Congress. The book will appear before two others that are expected to be less flattering to the justice.
Hemingway is a Fox News commentator and senior editor of The Federalist, while Severino is chief counsel of the Judicial Crisis Network (JCN), an advocacy group that supported Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
The book “Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court” from Regnery Publishing is available Tuesday.
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