The speech at Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law was supposed to analyze whether judges should behave like umpires in a baseball game, analyzing words from Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.
But Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh decided to share his personal connections with the D.C.-based university. A graduate of Georgetown Preparatory School in Bethesda, Md., he said three of his classmates and close friends graduated from the law school.
“By coincidence, three classmates of mine at Georgetown Prep were graduates of this law school in 1990 and are really, really good friends of mine,” the judge told the audience in the 2015 speech. “Fortunately, we’ve had a good saying that we’ve held firm to to this day, as the dean was reminding me before the talk, which is ‘What happens at Georgetown Prep stays at Georgetown Prep.' "
“That’s been a good thing for all of us, I think.”
The comments are facing scrutiny in light of accusations that the Supreme Court nominee sexually assaulted another high school student when he attended Georgetown Prep three decades ago. Christine Blasey Ford, a 51-year-old research psychologist and professor, said Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and tried to remove her bathing suit at a high school party in 1982, when she was a 15-year-old student at another private school.
Kavanaugh’s remarks offer another glimpse into his life as a teenager at the elite boarding school. Ford alleges that Kavanaugh and a friend, Mark Judge, were “stumbling drunk” when they assaulted her.
Before Ford went public Sunday, Kavanaugh’s confirmation seemed almost certain. Ford is scheduled to testify Monday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, though it is unclear whether she will appear. She is calling for the FBI to investigate her accusations.
Catholic University spokesman Kevin M. Burke said the 2015 speech "occurred long before the emergence of the current controversy surrounding Judge Kavanaugh."
“We appreciate Judge Kavanaugh sharing his time with our students and other members of the campus community, however the University has nothing more to add this story,” Burke said.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment.