Republicans, who are trying to retain control of the U.S. Congress in November elections, seek to balance their desire to have a conservative judge on the Supreme Court with sensitivity in how they handle the sexual misconduct allegations amid the reverberations of the #MeToo movement.
Sens. Bill Nelson of Florida, Jon Tester of Montana and Joe Donnelly of IN announced their opposition before the Senate Judiciary Committee called for a supplemental, weeklong investigation by the FBI into some of the allegations of sexual misconduct on the part of Judge Kavanaugh.
Kavanaugh has denied assaulting Ford.
Republicans control 51 seats in the closely divided 100-member Senate and can not afford to lose more than one vote on confirmation.
Amid the new probe, Trump has maintained his support for Kavanaugh, saying that "hopefully at the conclusion, everything will be fine". Bernie Sanders in a sarcastic response to the Vermont senator's weekend call for the FBI to expand its ongoing investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
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The FBI is now investigating Ford's accusations, as well as those of a second woman, Deborah Ramirez.
"That's bad enough, but then to limit the FBI as to the scope and who they're going to question, that - that really - I wanted to use the word farce, but that's not the kind of investigation that all of us are expecting the FBI to conduct", she said.
Mitchell wrote in her memo Sunday that "while I am a registered Republican, I am not a political or partisan person" and that no senator reviewed the memo before it was released.
"I had planned to just talk to him nicely, but once when I saw that he was voting for Kavanaugh my niceties went out the window", Archila, co-executive director of the non-profit Center for Popular Democracy Action, said in an interview with the Associated Press.
The FBI and a spokesman for the Senate judiciary committee did not immediately return requests for comment about the Times report.
At least three women have accused Kavanaugh of years-ago misconduct. If all Democrats vote against Kavanaugh, two Republicans would also have to do the same to block his confirmation.
Mitchell said Ford, a California college professor, has not offered a consistent account of when the assault happened, struggled until recently to identify Kavanaugh by name as the attacker, changed her description of the incident and has forgotten key details that could help corroborate her story. White House adviser Conway also said she had not discussed the matter with McGahn.