The Senate Judiciary Committee has said the probe should be limited to "current credible allegations" against Kavanaugh and be finished by next Friday.
"It could help heal the Senate, which is bitterly divided over Judge Kavanaugh's nomination", Sen.
But the change of heart of Arizona senator Jeff Flake, a Republican who is retiring from the Senate this year, was pivotal in at least delaying the elevation of Judge Kavanaugh.
Ramirez came forward with her allegation in The New Yorker, telling the publication that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at dormitory party while the two were undergraduate students at Yale. Kavanaugh has called her accusations a "joke" and Judge has said he "categorically" denies the allegations. "The Senate should not delay the confirmation of Kavanaugh another day".
The allegations against Kavanaugh, with the backdrop of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault that has toppled a succession of powerful men, have riveted the country even as they raised doubts about his confirmation chances. Visibly angry and fighting back tears, Kavanaugh said the claims have "destroyed" his family and his "good name", and he blamed Democrats for turning his confirmation process into a "circus". "Dianne Feinstein and Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats, will be rewarded", Mendoza wrote.
The Public Opinion strategies poll commissioned by the Judicial Crisis Network found an overwhelming majority of West Virginians (59 percent) thought Kavanaugh's testimony was more believable than Christine Blasey Ford, who accused the federal judge of sexually assaulting her more than 35 years ago at a drunken high school party.
Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and staff surround Sen.
President Donald Trump has ordered the FBI to reopen Kavanaugh's background investigation after several women accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.
After Kavanaugh was approved on an 11-10 party-line vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee said it would request that the administration instruct the FBI to conduct a supplemental background investigation with respect to the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court.
Ramirez's lawyer, John Clune, says agents want to interview her and she's agreed to cooperate.
Ford "welcomes this step in the process", her attorney, Debra Katz, said in a statement.
"They could interview someone who says I saw Judge Kavanaugh get beamed down from a UFO - he's an alien".