Reuters Photographer Caught Taking Pictures of Documents on Desks During Break of Impeachment Debate
Gaetz: “I would just say, no member, Republican or Democrat, should be subject to that.”
The House Judiciary Committee ejected Reuters photographer Josh Roberts from yesterday’s hearing after CNN’s live feed caught him photographing documents on desks during a break.
From The Washington Examiner:
Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz addressed the situation when he sought recognition from Chairman Jerry Nadler on Thursday afternoon. “Before I make my point, during the break, a Reuters photographer, Josh Roberts, approached the dais and took pictures of the notes [on] the desks of several of my Democratic colleagues. We noticed that, announced it to staff,” Gaetz stated. “That photographer has been removed. I would just say, no member, Republican or Democrat, should be subject to that.”
He added, “We ought to have the opportunity to take our notes, participate in debate, and have a fair discussion substantively, though.”
— Rep. Mike Johnson (@RepMikeJohnson) December 12, 2019
Jesse Lee from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s office explained the photographer took pictures of a Democrat’s desk. Roberts photographed the Bible and a few other books.
“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.”
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