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Reuters Photographer Kicked Out of Impeachment Hearing for Taking Photos of Congress Members’ Notes

Reuters photojournalist Joshua Roberts was escorted out of yesterday’s Impeachment Hearings after a Republican member of the House Judiciary Committee noticed him taking photos of the papers on one of the Democratic members’ desks at the dais. Reuters maintains that Roberts was doing nothing wrong.

The incident took place during a break in the proceedings, while the members of the committee were marking up the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. During this break, Roberts struck up a conversation with a colleague at the dais, where he also took the opportunity to capture three photographs of the documents on the desk of House Judiciary Committee member Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD).

The photos, which have been published by Reuters, show The Federalist Papers, a copy of the Washington Post, and other documents on the Representative’s desk:


The “Federalist Papers” written by the framers of the U.S. Constitution are seen sitting among other papers at the desk of House Judiciary Committee member Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) during a break as the House Judiciary Committee continues its markup of articles of impeachment against U.S. President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., December 12, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

CNN caught the incident on camera during its live feed of the hearings, which you can see in the video below, immediately sparking online outrage from people who believed the media was taking pictures of Republican members’ notes from the hearing.

However, as representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) announced once the hearing got going again, Roberts was photographing the desk of a Democrat, and was removed at the request of the Republican members of the committee.

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