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According to Yahoo! and The Independent:

Ford testified that:

I did not want to tell my parents that I, at age 15, was in a house without any parents present, drinking beer with boys.

but the article also says:

Ms Ford was asked if she had been drinking that night.

“Not at all,” she said.

Is it true that she testified that she was drinking beer with boys and that she was not drinking?

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    I have deleted my answer, as it was speculative. I believe at the moment there is insufficient information to definitively answer this. A corroborated transcript of the testimony would be a sufficient answer. – jdunlop Sep 27 '18 at 20:07
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    @jdunlop This is the transcript for the first quote: assets.documentcloud.org/documents/4945864/… which also says "I drank one beer that evening". So it's more of a question about the accuracy/context of the second quote at this point. – DavePhD Sep 27 '18 at 20:09
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    I would probably include that line in the question, since it is the most unequivocal contradiction between the prepared statement and the cross-examination, as opposed to the more unspecific "drinking beer with boys". – jdunlop Sep 27 '18 at 20:11
  • @DavePhD: Note that document is not really a "transcript"; it is written testimony that Ford (apparently) submitted in advance of the Sep. 27 hearing. (You'll observe it is dated Sep. 26.) I don't know whether she read that statement verbatim at the hearing. – Nate Eldredge Sep 27 '18 at 20:38
  • @NateEldredge washingtonpost.com/news/national/wp/2018/09/27/… – DavePhD Sep 28 '18 at 12:31
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No, when she said "Not at all" she was answering the question:

Do you recall prior to getting there — so I’m — I’m only talking about up to the gathering — had you had anything to drink?

According to a full transcript.

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    Yes, the prior-to-the-party bit was the part being stressed, not whether she drank AT the party. – Carduus Sep 28 '18 at 13:40
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    And she did explicitly state that she drank one beer at the gathering. – Baard Kopperud Sep 28 '18 at 21:20
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    @BaardKopperud I wish I had a memory good enough to remember the exact number of beers I had at a party 36 years earlier. Wow. – DavePhD Sep 28 '18 at 21:24
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    @DavePhD It's pretty easy to remember some details if there's either (a) a consistent rule you followed at the time, such as always drinking one alcoholic beverage at parties, or (b) a particularly memorable occasion. Emphasis on "some" details. – Peter Sep 28 '18 at 22:08
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    I remember a party when I was 18 where I had half a beer - because I don't like beer and hardly ever drank it. That was 34 years ago. And 18 was legal at that time (in that state.) – CramerTV Sep 29 '18 at 0:48

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