Trump trial live: Michael Cohen faces questions about past lies

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Image caption: (L-R) Rep. Anna Paulina Luna, Rep. Matt Gaetz, Rep. Andy Biggs and Rep. Lauren Boebert look on as Donald Trump appears at Manhattan Criminal Court

In a closely divided House of Representatives, every warm vote-casting body matters.

On Thursday, many of those Republican bodies are in New York City, attending Donald Trump’s criminal trial.

That had very real implications for business in Congress, as the Republican-controlled House Oversight Committee had to postpone a vote on holding Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt of Congress.

That’s because four of its members – Lauren Boebert of Colorado, Anna Paulina Luna of Florida, Michael Cloud of Texas and Andy Biggs of Arizona – were among the legislators with Trump.

Conservatives are angry that Garland had refused to provide the committee with the audio of Joe Biden’s interview with special counsel Robert Hur, who was investigating the president’s handling of classified material in his home and private office.

Hur’s report, released earlier this year, had characterised the president as forgetful and at times confused during the interview – and Republicans were eager to unearth more details. Garland said the recording was protected by presidential privilege.

The committee vote, which had originally been scheduled for Thursday morning, has been moved to the evening when, if trains and planes run on time, the four Republicans will be back on Capitol Hill.

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