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) GaetzCheney tests Trump grip on GOP post-presidency Florida Republicans close ranks with Trump after Capitol siege The Memo: Historic vote leaves Trump more isolated than ever 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 JohnsonREAD: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results Louisiana Rep.-elect Luke Letlow dies of COVID-19 House Republicans who didn't sign onto the Texas lawsuit MORE (R-La.) posting the footage from CNN.


A senior adviser to Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSunday shows preview: All eyes on Biden administration to tackle coronavirus Calls grow for 9/11-style panel to probe Capitol attack Do Democrats really want unity? 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 TrumpNYT: Rep. Perry played role in alleged Trump plan to oust acting AG Arizona GOP censures top state Republicans McCain, Flake and Ducey Biden and UK prime minister discuss NATO, multilateralism during call MORE.