Kavanaugh denied the accusation, as well as allegations by two other women of sexual misconduct in the 1980s.
If an FBI investigation fails to corroborate Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, a majority of Americans believe he should be confirmed immediately. He has denied every accusation.
At the Capitol, Schumer said questions surrounding Kavanaugh extend beyond sexual assault and now encompass his truthfulness and judicial temperament.
Sitting Supreme Court Justices often teach courses affiliated with universities during the summer months.
But just a few hours later, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Trump's Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 margin. Vice-President Mike Pence would break any 50-50 tie in Kavanaugh's favour.
Leaning: The local pressure is likely weighing on her decision, but Murkowski has a history of being tight-lipped until she votes.
Ernst is among six Republican women in the Senate.
Christine Blasey Ford as "credible", mocked her Senate Judiciary Committee testimony at a campaign rally in Mississippi Tuesday.
"What message that sends to women in America is that we are innocent until proven guilty in this country", said Ernst. Ford identified Judge as a witness to the alleged assault. But she's made some strong comments about Ford and her testimony, making that less clear.
Tim Gaudette: Gaudette allegedly hosted a party in July 1982 - around the same time Ford said she was assaulted.
Clune said he is concerned that the bureau "is not conducting - or not being permitted to conduct - a serious investigation".
The FBI investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh - all of which he's denied - is the crucial factor in determining when a vote could begin.
Mr Flake of Arizona is a closely watched swing vote as Republicans can potentially only afford one defection if they are to confirm their nominee.
Democrats countered that brief delays in voting on Kavanaugh pale in comparison to Republicans refusing to consider former President Barack Obama's final Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, for most of 2016.
Appearing at a forum sponsored by The Atlantic, Flake said he was concerned about some of Kavanaugh's sharp interactions with Democratic senators on the Judiciary Committee last week.
But he said they are not following up at all on Ramirez's account that Kavanaugh thrust his genitals in her face, forcing her to touch them without her consent, during an alcohol-fueled party when they were students at Yale University in the mid-1980s.
Democrats are trying to flip at least two Republicans into the No column, presuming all of their members vote against the Federal Court judge's confirmation. Kavanaugh's confirmation battle and the national soul-searching over sexual consent it has provoked threaten only to further motivate liberal female voters, leaving Republicans searching for a counterweight.
In Congress, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he is certain that the FBI's report will be finished and the Senate will vote on Kavanaugh's nomination this week. What's next? Kavanaugh teamed up with James Spader to steal Molly Ringwald's underwear and throw it into the pool where Phoebe Cates is sunbathing while John Cusack holds up a boom box over his head screaming "I want my MTV!'?"
Sen. Mazie Hirono, a Democrat from Hawaii, said, "We're going to put a conspiracy theory believer on the court?"
Alaska's governor and lieutenant governor, both independents, oppose Kavanaugh's confirmation, which could give her added cover as well.