Gabbard says new allegation against Kavanaugh 'warrants further investigation'

Presidential contender Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardSanders: 'Outrageous' to suggest Gabbard 'is a foreign asset' Clinton attacks on Gabbard become flashpoint in presidential race Saagar Enjeti: Clinton remarks on Gabbard 'shows just how deep the rot in our system goes' MORE (D-Hawaii) says lawmakers should look into the latest allegation of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughMajority disapprove of Trump Supreme Court nominations, says poll These 3 women are defining the race to unseat Trump On The Money: Supreme Court takes up challenge to CFPB | Warren's surge brings scrutiny to wealth tax | Senators eye curbs on Trump emergency powers MORE.

“It warrants further investigation,” Gabbard told Hill.TV during an interview that aired on Wednesday, responding to a recent New York Times report detailing an incident from Kavanaugh's college years.

“It’s something that we need more information on before we make any decisions about what happens next,” she added.

Gabbard argued that Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing last year was “fast-tracked” by the Trump administration, suggesting that the judge hadn’t been properly vetted in the first place.

“There were questions that were being raised,” she told Hill.TV. “The FBI was not pursing all the leads that they were given.”

Gabbard’s comments come after a bombshell report by the Times over the weekend about a former Yale University classmate who alleged that the now-justice exposed himself at a college party and other students pushed his genitals into the hand of a female student.

The newspaper later issued a correction nothing that friends of the woman involved said she doesn’t recall what happened.

The correction drew widespread criticism of the paper, including from President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want NYT in the White House Veterans group backs lawsuits to halt Trump's use of military funding for border wall Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails MORE, who said that Kavanaugh was again being treated unfairly by the media.

In response to the new allegations against Kavanaugh, a number of 2020 Democratic hopefuls have demanded that he be impeached.

Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren to protest with striking Chicago teachers Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Four companies reach 0M settlement in opioid lawsuit | Deal opens door to larger settlements | House panel to consider vaping tax | Drug pricing markup tomorrow On The Money: Trump dismisses 'phony Emoluments Clause' after Doral criticism | Senate Dems signal support for domestic spending package | House panel to consider vaping tax MORE (D-Mass.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisClinton attacks on Gabbard become flashpoint in presidential race Poll: Biden holds 10-point lead nationally over Warren Trump declines to participate in Weather Channel 2020 climate change special MORE (D-Calif.), former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D), and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegSanders: 'Outrageous' to suggest Gabbard 'is a foreign asset' Hillicon Valley: Facebook removes Russian, Iranian accounts trying to interfere in 2020 | Zuckerberg on public relations blitz | Uncertainty over Huawei ban one month out Clinton attacks on Gabbard become flashpoint in presidential race MORE have all said that they would support impeaching Kavanaugh.

—Tess Bonn