Jonathon Larsen of The Young Turks noticed something unusual in Brett Kavanugh’s Senate Judiciary Committee records: the comments he made during a 2015 speech about how “what happens at Georgetown Prep stays at Georgetown Prep” are not included in a transcript provided to the committee.
In the actual speech, as delivered in 2015 at the law school of Catholic University, Kavanaugh refers to Georgetown Prep's motto of being "men for others" and then says, "Three classmates of mine at Georgetown Prep were graduates of this law school in 1990 and are really, really good friends of mine: Mike Bidwill, Don Urgo, and Phil Merkle. And they were good friends of mine then and are still good friends of mine as recently as this weekend, when we were all on email together. But fortunately we 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 transcript submitted to the Judiciary Committee reads, "I attended Mater Dei and Georgetown Prep. Georgetown Prep's motto was to be 'men for others.' I have tried to live that creed. I am proud to say that three Georgetown Prep classmates of mine--Mike Bidwill, Don Urgo, and Phil Merkle--happen to be 1990 graduates of this law school. They remain very good friends of mine, and they well reflect the values and excellence of both Georgetown Prep and this law school."
The transcript appears in essay form, as it appeared in the Spring 2016 issue of the Catholic University Law Review. It does not appear to be a pre-existing essay, as it begins with Kavanaugh's remarks thanking the dean who introduced him. It's not clear why the transcript differs from Kavanaugh's remarks as he delivered them, or whether the transcript was generated by Kavanaugh or the school.
So, it seems somebody cleaned up his comments in the transcript provided to the Catholic University Law Review and subsequently submitted to the Senate record. It’s unclear when or why it happened, but you can clearly hear him make the questionable comment in the video below.
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