Now Feinstein is a central player in a 2018 version of the same type of scandal.
Ford says Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while the two were in high school.
The vote came as a key Republican senator said he wanted a week's delay in confirmation hearings for Judge Kavanaugh to allow this to take place.
Ford emphatically denies any possibility of mistaken identity, but Kavanaugh's defenders point to research indicating that traumatic experiences can lead the brain to confuse details in their recollections, as well as Ford's inability to recall such as how many people attended the party, the house's location or owner, the year of the party, or who drove her there and home.
None of the others have specifically mentioned the July 1 date.
Some Republicans still resisted the delay but went along with the plan that may be the only way salvage Kavanaugh's confirmation. That classification would fall under "any kind of allegation where there are witnesses that can be interviewed and any kind of information that can be gathered to determine whether the allegations are true or false", Gomez said.More news: Senate panel heads to vote on Trump's top court pick Kavanaugh
The timing of the panel's session gave committee members little time to digest Thursday's remarkable testimony from Kavanaugh and Ford. Trump said he found Ford's testimony "very compelling" and Kavanaugh's angry and defiant response "incredible". "I don't know if they told their friends, certainly had never reported it to police".
"I am innocent of this charge", Kavanaugh said.
Klobuchar repeated the question, to which Kavanaugh again refused to respond and said, "I'm curious if you have". "But while young women are standing up and saying 'No more, ' our institutions have not progressed in how they treat women who come forward".
As mayor until 1988, governing as a relative centrist, Feinstein revitalized the city's cable vehicle system and oversaw its hosting of the 1984 Democratic National Convention. In 1982, she angered the city's large gay community by vetoing a domestic partnership ordinance, calling it vague and unclear.
She won her Senate seat four years later along with fellow California Democrat Barbara Boxer, who is also Jewish.
The way Bump had gotten to seize on July 1 was through Ford's testimony.More news: Eden Hazard enjoying life under new manager Maurizio Sarri
At 3 p.m., just after Kavanaugh started his forceful denunciation of Ford's allegations, trading volume spiked to almost 50,000 contracts, indicating a vast shift in who bettors thought would win. Or was it the pleading of his Democrat colleagues? "We've had enough time on this to choke a horse", said Sen.
Lee said after the hearing that it was "heart-wrenching" and both Kavanaugh and Ford have "suffered".
He said he had been speaking with Democrats "to making sure that we do due diligence here".
Even the senators on the committee were visibly confused about what just happened.
The Senate is expected to vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation next week.
In a statement, the committee says it will ask that the FBI's probe be limited to "current credible allegations against the nominee".
A second woman, Deborah Ramirez of Colorado, claims Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a drunken party when they were freshmen at Yale.More news: India Supreme Court overturns ban on women at Sabarimala temple
The American Bar Association, which previously gave Kavanaugh its highest rating of "well qualified", asked the Senate committee and the full Senate to delay their votes until the Federal Bureau of Investigation could do a full background check on the assault claims. "I didn't tell anyone, and you're telling all women that they don't matter, that they should just stay quiet because if they tell you what happened to them you are going to ignore them", Gallagher said. "The entire country is watching now how we handle these serious allegations".