A Reuters photographer left the House Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday after he was accused of taking photos of documents.
Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzBipartisan senators to hold hearing on 'toxic conservatorships' amid Britney Spears controversy Eric Trump lawyer in New York attorney general's fraud case quits Republicans keep distance from 'Justice for J6' rally 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 JohnsonHouse passes bill to prevent shutdown and suspend debt limit Democrats to nix B for Israel's Iron Dome from bill to avert shutdown Louisiana delegation split over debt hike bill with disaster aid MORE (R-La.) posting the footage from CNN.
A senior adviser to Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiManchin cast doubt on deal this week for .5T spending bill Obama says US 'desperately needs' Biden legislation ahead of key votes Congress shows signs of movement on stalled Biden agenda 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.
For the record, this was a Democratic Member’s desk, notwithstanding a Republicans Member’s claim to the contrary. The photo being taken was also not of notes, it was of a Bible and another book. https://t.co/KURmcL7ML5— Jesse Lee (@JesseCharlesLee) December 12, 2019
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 TrumpJan. 6 committee chair says panel will issue a 'good number' of additional subpoenas Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Pentagon officials prepare for grilling Biden nominates head of Africa CDC to lead global AIDS response MORE.