Ms Feinstein criticised Republicans who have rejected Democratic demands to slow Mr Kavanaugh's confirmation process and let the FBI investigate all the allegations, saying: "What I don't understand is the rush to judgment". What I do know is that our system of justice affords a presumption of innocence to the accused, absent corroborating evidence.
"Judge Kavanaugh showed America exactly why I nominated him". But allegations of sex assault - including riveting testimony by Christine Blasey Ford, whose statements alleging a high school attack at the hands of the jurist were beamed around the world on Thursday - have made some of Kavanaugh's ardent supporters step back.
Another woman came forward over the weekend, telling The New Yorker magazine that Mr Kavanaugh exposed himself at a party when both were Yale freshmen.
The senate committee has said that both Prof Ford and Mr Kavanaugh were "credible" witnesses.
According to NBC News on Tuesday Judge Kavanaugh was questioned about the anonymous complaint during a phone conversation with Senate Judiciary Committee Staff. Democrats are expected to oppose the nominee.
Ohio Governor John Kasich, a Republican, has urged the Senate to slow down its confirmation process and said he would not support Kavanaugh's nomination unless a full investigation is carried out.
The White House is pushing back against a call from the American Bar Association to slow the vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh until the Federal Bureau of Investigation can do a full background check. Flake had previously voiced concern over Kavanaugh. Her voice cracked at times as she then gave an emotional account of the alleged assault in 1982.
Flake, a key moderate Republican, was at the centre of the drama and uncertainty.
The fence-sitting Republicans are toeing the party line on Kavanaugh.
Thursday's testimony appeared to have only sharpened the partisan divide over Trump's nominee.
Since Ford went public with her allegations, more women have come forward.
Trump's son, Donald Jr., also tweeted his review: "I love Kavanaugh's tone". "There should be no vote in the Senate". Dianne Feinstein of California, asked Ford how she could be sure that Kavanaugh was the attacker, Ford said, "The same way I'm sure I'm talking to you right now".
The Senate Judiciary Committee, led by Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa.), refused to subpoena Mark Judge, whom Christine Blasey Ford has identified as a witness to the sexual assault she said was carried out against her by Kavanaugh.
Through a spokeswoman, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Kavanaugh's nomination should not proceed without a full investigation of the allegations.
The South Carolina senator says Democrats want to "destroy" Kavanaugh's life and hold the seat open in the hope of winning the White House in 2020.
Going into the hearing, Trump had grown increasingly frustrated, angry at members of his staff - and, in particular, White House counsel Don McGahn - for not better managing the confirmation process for his second Supreme Court nominee.
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