The GOP convention rules committee, which is key to shaping the nominating event itself, began meeting early Thursday and was supposed to dive into its lengthy agenda. Instead, the meeting was paused until early afternoon not long after it started. Committee chair Enid Mickelson blamed the lag on a snarled printer.
But the conspiratorial atmosphere of the gathering -- already charged by a last-ditch insurgent effort to change the rules to potentially block Donald Trump's nomination -- was heightened as leaders of the mutiny huddled behind closed doors with officials from the Republican National Committee and Trump's campaign.
Dozens of reporters staked out the meeting room as RNC staffers stood guard outside the doors. Inside, reportedly, were GOP Chairman Reince Priebus; Utah Sen. Mike Lee, a close ally of Ted Cruz's; and Kendal Unruh, the Colorado delegate leading the movement to free fellow delegates from the requirement that they vote based on the outcome of their states' nominating contests.