Update 9:43 a.m. The proceedings have begun with Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) insisting that the panel subpoena Mark Judge, the other boy Ford claims was in the room. Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley responded by reading a signed letter from Judge, declaring that he has no knowledge of the indicent from 36 years ago. The committee voted not to subpoena Judge.
Update 10:00 a.m. The committee has approved a motion to vote on Kavanaugh for 1:30 p.m. EST by a margin of 11-8. Booker and Harris declined to vote in protest.
Ford claimed that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while at a high school party, while Kavanaugh responded with a vehement and categorical denial in an emotional statement.
Senate Republicans are seeking to push Kavanugh through to confirmation on Friday, while the Democrats stood by Ford and are insisting that the confirmation be stopped or delayed until a "full investigation" can be conducted.
Friday morning, Politico reported that the Senate panel had been advised by Rachel Mitchell, the attorney who represented the GOP members, that as a prosecutor "she would not charge Kavanaugh or even pursue a search warrant."