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) GaetzSunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for SCOTUS confirmation hearings before election Trump faces tricky choice on Supreme Court pick Florida attorney general scrutinizing Bloomberg paying fines for felons to vote 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 JohnsonReclaiming the American Dream LWCF modernization: Restoring the promise Mike Johnson to run for vice chairman of House GOP conference MORE (R-La.) posting the footage from CNN.


A senior adviser to Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiAirline industry applauds Democrats for including aid in coronavirus relief package Democrats unveil scaled-down .2T coronavirus relief package Trump tax reveal roils presidential race 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 TrumpCensus Bureau intends to wrap up count on Oct. 5 despite judge's order Top House Republican calls for probe of source of NYT Trump tax documents New Yorkers report receiving ballots with wrong name, voter addresses MORE.