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Maddow Blog | As members rush to Trump’s trial, GOP leaders are running into trouble

The House Oversight Committee had a specific plan for this morning. The Republican-led panel, chaired by Republican Rep. James Comer, was poised to advance a resolution finding Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt of Congress.

The measure lacked merit and appeared to be little more than a stunt, but Republican members were nonetheless eager to advance the resolution, scratch a partisan itch and provide new fodder for the conservative media.

There was just one problem: the Oversight Committee apparently couldn’t pass the resolution because too many Republican members of the panel had something else to do. The Hill reported last night:

The committee’s official position was that the votes were postponed due to ‘conflicts in the membership schedule’.

One week ago today, Senator Rick Scott showed up at the Manhattan Criminal Courthouse, not because he was in any way a witness or party to the case, but because the Florida Republican apparently saw symbolic value in voicing his support for Trump. .

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This has apparently inspired a growing number of Republican lawmakers to leave Capitol Hill and do the same. Today’s parade reportedly included Republican representatives: Matt Gaetz of Florida, Lauren Boebert of Colorado, Andy Biggs of Arizona, Bob Good of Virginia, Michael Waltz of Florida, Eli Crane of Arizona, Andy Ogles of Tennessee, Diana Harshbarger of Tennessee, Anna Paulina Luna from Florida, and Ralph Norman from South Carolina.

Some were seen in court, some were not, but the larger point remains the same: They appeared in the Manhattan courthouse, while the House was in session, as part of a pro-Trump display.

In fact, there were so many Republicans in New York City this morning that it is likely that Democrats were the majority in the House chamber. At the time of writing, the Democratic leaders did not try to do harmtaking advantage of this apparent advantage, but the day is not over yet.

The Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell of California marvels at the conditions at a Judiciary Committee meeting declared this morning“I don’t think anything could inspire the phrase ‘do nothing Congress’ more than missing votes and canceling hearings to go out and be a spectator at the trial of your cult leader.”

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This article was originally published on MSNBC.com

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