"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. He was appearing before senators to answer an accusation from California professor Christine Blasey Ford that he sexually assaulted her when they were both in high school in the early 1980s.
Kavanaugh has denied those allegations and others that have been lodged against him.
Alleging that Judge Kavanaugh has shown contempt for the truth, the process, the rule of law, and accountability, Roche added that Kavanaugh's willingness to lie to avoid embarrassment sheds doubt on his denial of his involvement in larger questions of sexual assault. Roche is potentially a strong character witness as he was a roommate to Kavanaugh during their Freshman year.
Kavanaugh told the Senate Judiciary Committee he never blacked out while drinking.
Roche says he believes his friend Deborah Ramirez, who has accused Kavanaugh of exposing himself to her at a college dorm party.
Roche, now CEO of a software company in San Francisco, also disputed Kavanaugh's claim under oath that he had never drank alcohol to the point of blacking out.
"This is not about drinking too much or even encouraging others to drink", Roche writes. Attorney William Pittard sent the FBI's director a letter Thursday providing the names and statements of three men who recalled the incident, adding that "the FBI or those controlling its investigation did not want to learn the truth".
'No. Like - like most people in college, I went to parties and had beers, but that's - that's not an accurate description in my view, ' Kavnaugh said of Roche's claim, according to a transcript of the interview.
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Brett Kavanaugh lied under oath.
He talked about Kavanaugh's drinking and told Cooper, "My recollection of my experience with him was that he was drunk frequently". We're in the twilight zone'. But I can say that he lied under oath. But that relationship has no bearing on my ability to observe Kavanaugh's behavior then and to describe it now'.
"I know this because I heard Brett and his friends using these terms on multiple occasions", Roche said.
'We were in a room together, our beds were 10 feet apart for a couple of months, ' Roche said. "And what struck me and made me more interested in speaking out about it is not only did I know that he wasn't telling, you know, the truth, I knew that he knew that he wasn't telling the truth".
Kavanaugh's comments about his drinking habits in high school and college have become a linchpin in the debate over his honesty. "With this additional information, the White House is fully confident the Senate will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court", deputy press secretary Raj Shah said on Twitter.
According to The New Yorker, several other former Yale classmates of Kavanaugh's said they'd reached out to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the judge "but had not received a response".
Collins is among the few wavering senators who could decide whether Kavanaugh is confirmed for a seat on the high court.