Judiciary Committee Releases Letter Backing Kavanaugh's Claim About 'Devil's Triangle' Being a Drinking Game

Reporters for days insisted it was a sexual reference

Brett Kavanaugh (Photo by Andrew Harnik - Pool/Getty Images)
October 4, 2018

The Senate Judiciary Committee released letters from friends and former high school classmates of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh which support his claim that the reference to "Devil's Triangle" in his yearbook is a drinking game rather than a sexual threesome.

One letter from Kavanaugh's former classmates defended Kavanaugh's description of the term before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week and also explained how the game was played, the Washington Examiner reports.

"'Devil's Triangle'  was a drinking game we came up with in high school. It was a variation on the game 'Quarters,'" writes DeLancey Davis, Bernard McCarthy Jr., Paul Murray, and Matthew Quinn in the letter.

"When we played 'Devil's Triangle,' four people sat at a table," they continued. "On the table, three small glasses of beer were arranged next to one another to form a triangle. Each of the four participants took turns being the 'shooter.' The shooter attempted to bounce a quarter into one of the glasses. If the quarter landed in one of the glasses, the person at the table sitting nearest that glass had to drink the beer."

The four classmates said they do not recall the origin of the game's name.

"We do not remember the exact origin of the name, but none of us used the phrase 'Devil's Triangle' in our yearbook to refer to any kind of sexual activity. To us it was just a game with glasses in the shape of a triangle."

In another letter, two men who say they "knew Brett socially back in the '80s and '90s" wrote that they learned the drinking game "Devil's Triangle" from Matthew Quinn while at Boston College. Quinn was a classmate of Kavanaugh who claimed he played the game with friends in high school.

Kavanaugh's explanation of "Devil's Triangle" as a drinking game did not convince Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D., RI), who said after last week's hearing, "I don't believe a 'Devil's Triangle' is a drinking game."

James Roche, who shared a two-bedroom unit with Kavanaugh at Yale, has said "Devil's Triangle" referred to a sexual activity. As recently as today, Rep. Ted Lieu (D., Calif.) retweeted a piece in Slate in which Roche contends that "Devil's Triangle" had sexual connotations.

Lieu has previously argued that Kavanaugh has lied about the meaning of the term.

Multiple journalists have also claimed or implied Kavanaugh misled senators about what "Devil's Triangle" meant.

Writing for The InterceptBriahna Gray and Camille Baker claimed that "Kavanaugh strained credulity when he argued before the Senate Judiciary Committee that the "Devil’s Triangle"...referred to a drinking game, a definition which, before Thursday, you’d have a hard time finding anywhere. (It actually refers to a sex act involving two men and a woman)."

On Sunday, Brian Stelter, host of CNN's "Reliable Sources," incredulously asked American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp, "Do you really believe that 'Devil's Triangle' was a drinking game? I mean do you really believe those definitions?"