Photographer leaves Judiciary hearing after being accused of taking photos of member notes

A Reuters photographer left the House Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday after he was accused of taking photos of documents.

Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzGaetz in Twitter battle with Florida House Republican Apple under pressure to unlock Pensacola shooter's phones Conservatives slam Warren's call to put transgender women in women's prisons MORE (R-Fla.) announced that the photographer took pictures of Democratic committee members’ notes during a recess.

“We noticed that, announced it to staff, and that photographer has been removed,” he said when the recess was over. “And I would just say no member, Republican or Democrat, should be subject to that.”


Video of the photographer taking photos at the dais circulated on Twitter, with Rep. Mike JohnsonJames (Mike) Michael JohnsonFive lingering questions as impeachment heads to Senate Figures to watch as White House mounts impeachment defense Trump's GOP allies huddle at White House on eve of impeachment vote MORE (R-La.) posting the footage from CNN.


A senior adviser to Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiREAD: House impeachment managers' trial brief Desperate Democrats badmouth economy even as it booms Pelosi offers message to Trump on Bill Maher show: 'You are impeached forever' MORE (D-Calif.) attempted to clear the record by saying the pictures were taken at Democratic desks and were of the Bible and another book.

A Reuters official told The Hill that the photographer did not take pictures of any personal notes.

“His photos include members’ copies of the U.S. Constitution, the Holy Bible, The Federalist Papers and pieces of illegible paper that were sitting on the dais,” the person said in a statement. “He broke no rules and left the hearing voluntarily.”

The incident occurred during the Judiciary Committee's hearing to vote on the impeachment articles against President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's newest Russia adviser, Andrew Peek, leaves post: report Hawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Trump rips New York City sea wall: 'Costly, foolish' and 'environmentally unfriendly idea' MORE.