Feinstein said she referred the matter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and that the woman had requested confidentiality. Neither senator is on the Judiciary Committee, which is scheduled to vote on a recommendation for the lifetime appointment.
The woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in the 1980s broke her silence on Sunday.
Leading Democrats have called for a delay while the issue is investigated.
The Republican-controlled Senate panel appears committed to a vote on Kavanaugh later this week.
Grassley ripped ranking committee Democrat Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) for sitting on the story-she was first made aware of the charge in a letter from Ford in July-and said if Democrats took it seriously, it should have been brought to his attention "much earlier".
Flake did not indicate to the Post how he would vote, but said it was his view "we can't vote until we hear more".
The White House says "Kavanaugh and the White House both stand by that statement". The White House, meanwhile, is standing by Kavanaugh, whose White House announcement ceremony last month put his great relationships with women, including his wife and daughters, on ostentacious display. That growing backlash against men facing claims of sexually abusing women has already forced the resignations of top executives and some lawmakers. Both Democratic and Republican senators questioned her handling of the allegation.
Brett Kavanaugh testifies on the third day of his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing in Washington.
The White House and Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) are continuing to give their full backing to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh following an accusation of sexual assault against him. "For me, we can't vote until we hear more". Thomas was confirmed on a 52-48 vote.
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The White House is prepared to go along with a confidential closed-door consideration of allegations but not public testimony, the official said.
Republicans control the Senate 51-49, meaning they need no Democratic support to confirm Kavanaugh, but the outcome likely depends on pro-choice Senators Collins and Murkowski, neither of whom responded to requests for comment on Sunday. That seemed a move to blunt opposition from women's groups, who fear Kavanaugh will be the vote that overturns Roe v Wade. Reporters who knew who she was started asking her to talk-and the details of her case were getting muddled as the story spilled into the news, she says. She escaped into a locked bathroom before he could complete the assault.
Kavanaugh has denied Ford's allegations that he pushed her into a bedroom, attempted to remove her clothes and covered her mouth when she tried to scream at a high school party in the early 1980's. There were four boys at the party, she said, but only two were in the room.
Conway said the committee will decide "how and in what form" Ford would share her account, suggesting it could be in a public setting or even over the phone.
Ms Ford, now a clinical psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California, said she was able to get away after a friend of Mr Kavanaugh's, who was in the room, intervened.
Ford says she didn't reveal what happened until 20-12 during couples therapy with her husband.
In 2013, she met with a therapist individually for treatment of allegedly long-term effects of this incident, which she had never mentioned to anyone before.
Ford believes the attack was 'attempted rape, ' Katz said on 'The Today Show'. The results, which Katz provided to the Post, concluded that Ford was being truthful when she said a statement summarizing her allegations was accurate.