Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said she would "be in favor of" reopening the investigation into Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh if Democrats take control of the Senate, according to The Washington Post.
Feinstein is the highest-ranking Democratic member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which would put her in position to revisit sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh if Democrats gained a Senate majority.
Feinstein revealed her desire to continue investigating Kavanaugh when asked directly about it on Wednesday night during a debate with her Democratic challenger Kevin de Leon.
"Oh, I'd be in favor of opening up the allegation. Absolutely," Feinstein answered.
The Republican response
Sen. Lindsey Graham, who has been one of the most vocal members of Congress since the Kavanaugh controversy began, said he wants other Democrats to be forced to answer on whether they support Feinstein.
"Apparently one kick of a mule is not enough for Sen. Feinstein," Graham told Fox News's Sean Hannity. "Here's what I want every Democratic candidate for the Senate to be asked tomorrow: Do you agree with Dianne Feinstein? Are you for more humiliation, degrading treatment of this fine man? Are you for continuing this debacle?"
Feinstein has been a controversial figure throughout Kavanaugh's confirmation process. She was the one who initially learned of Christine Blasey Ford's allegation of sexual assault against Kavanaugh, but she kept the allegation to herself until very late in the confirmation process.
Since Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court, Ford has said she doesn't wish for Democrats to attempt to impeach the judge.
"Professor Ford has not asked for anything of the sort," said her lawyer, Debra Katz, earlier this month. "What she did was to come forward and testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee and agree to cooperate with any investigation by the FBI and that's what she sought to do here."