Kamala Harris called Justice Kavanaugh's place on the nine-member panel "an insult to the pursuit of truth and justice" as she called for him to be removed from office, along with candidates Elizabeth Warren, Beto O'Rourke, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg and Julian Castro.
Warren tweeted: "Last year the Kavanaugh nomination was rammed through the Senate without a thorough examination of the allegations against him".
Impeachment calls came from Sen. The Times later added an editors' note clarifying that the other female student "declined to be interviewed and friends say that she does not recall the incident". The Times also reported that there was another previously undisclosed allegation raised by Max Stier, a Yale classmate who told the Times that he had witnessed Kavanaugh engage in another, similar incident. Dianne Feinstein of California. She and some classmates had been drinking heavily when, she says, a freshman named Brett Kavanaugh pulled down his trousers and thrust his penis at her, prompting her to swat it away and inadvertently touch it.
The article dealt mainly with one of his accusers, Deborah Ramirez, who alleged that Kavanaugh waved his penis in her face at a drunken dorm party when both were students at Yale.
In the wake of the Times story, Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee - which conducted Kavanaugh's thorny, chaotic confirmation process previous year - have pushed back against calls for impeachment. He declined to comment on the new one, according to a court spokeswoman.
McConnell, R-Ky., took to the Senate floor Monday afternoon to decry what he described as a familiar "pattern" involving Kavanaugh allegations: "Shoot first, correct the facts later".
President Donald Trump, who nominated Kavanaugh, said that the justice "should start suing people for libel" after the story was published. "Confirmation is not exoneration, and these newest revelations are disturbing".
"He is an innocent man who has been treated HORRIBLY", Trump wrote in one tweet. "Two of those people were classmates who learned of it just days after the party occurred, suggesting that it was discussed among students at the time".
"The president also quoted conservative commentator Don Bongino as he tweeted, "'What's happening to Justice Kavanaugh is a disgrace.
An independent investigator said that Ford's story had multiple inconsistencies.
The Judiciary Committee's Republican majority gave the Federal Bureau of Investigation a week and said agents could interview four people. Chris Coons, a Democrat from DE, sent a letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation requesting that the agency talk to individuals that had more information about Kavanaugh.
But Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was having none of it. Monday afternoon, Graham announced on Twitter "Kavanaugh will not be impeached over these scurrilous accusations".
The following Saturday, Oct. 6, the Senate confirmed Kavanaugh by a largely party-line vote of 50-48, the narrowest margin of support for a new justice since 1881.