"Given the seriousness of the allegations before the Senate, I am writing to request that you provide the Senate Judiciary Committee with a copy of the written directive sent by the White House to the Federal Bureau of Investigation", wrote Feinstein, who serves on the panel.
Kavanaugh told Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) he was sorry after they had a testy exchange about allegations that he drank to excess and would black out.
In an interview to CBS's "60 minutes" the outgoing senator admitted that he would not have risked his victory chances by siding with Senate Judicial Committee Democrats in calling for the FBI investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh, if he still wanted to keep his congressional job.
But he said Kavanaugh then accused the Clintons of revenge and the Democrats upset over Trump's 2016 election win of carrying out a smear campaign. "We may well be in a different place a week from now because Judge Kavanaugh and his family may well have had exculpatory evidence brought forward".
McConnell's remarks come as the two parties battle over the FBI's investigation of allegations that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted women when he was a teenager in the 1980s.
The Kentucky Republican has used a Senate floor speech to accuse Democrats of constantly delaying and resisting Kavanaugh's nomination. He also says he stands by Kavanaugh, who's denied the allegations.
"However, whatever the senators want is okay with me", he said.
Arizona sex crimes prosecutor will question Brett Kavanaugh, accuser during hearing
One possibility is that Ford and her lawyers agreed to turn over the correspondence prior to the hearing. A vote has been scheduled for Friday , before even hearing the testimony of Ford on Thursday.
Questions emerged over the weekend about the scope of the FBI investigation, which the Judiciary Committee sought on Friday after it approved Kavanaugh's nomination along party lines, sending the matter to the full Senate.
"It has been from the beginning, and we're letting the Senate continue to dictate what the terms look like", Sanders said.
While Mr Trump has said the process should play out, he has also repeatedly suggested a failure to confirm that Mr Kavanaugh would be a shame.
The person familiar with Ramirez's questioning, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, said she also provided investigators with the names of others who she said could corroborate her account. But he also wants the FBI to investigate the charges from Christine Blasey Ford and as many as two other accusers. "And he actually apologized at one point", Flake said.
Flake also said Kavanaugh sounded like somebody who had been "unjustly accused" but he felt the nominee went too far.
Mitchell is a Phoenix-based sex crimes prosecutor Republicans hired to question Christine Blasey Ford about her claims against Kavanaugh during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week. Kavanaugh's nomination, which could tip the nation's highest court to a conservative majority, has been in doubt since several women accused him of sexual misconduct early in his life.
A Yale University classmate of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is disputing Kavanaugh's characterization of his drinking while in college.