Reuters' Photojournalist Caught Taking Pictures of Documents at Trump's Impeachment Hearing

Reuters' Photojournalist Caught Taking Pictures of Documents at Trump's Impeachment Hearing

A photojournalist was ejected from impeachment hearings against Trump after taking photos of confidential papers. Reuters, who rep the photographer in question, insists he did nothing wrong.

Joshua Roberts was spotted taking pictures of the papers by a Republican member of the House Judiciary Committee. It was during a break in the hearing that Roberts seized his chance to start taking pictures of documents on the desk of House Judiciary Committee member Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD). Reuters went on to publish the images.

CNN, which has been streaming a live feed of the hearings, actually caught the incident occurring. Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) revealed the pictures taken were of the desk of a democrat. Roberts was removed as per the request of Republicans. Gaetz said:

During the break, a Reuters photographer, Josh Roberts, walked over to the dais and took pictures of the notes of the desks of several of my Democratic colleagues. We noticed that, announced it to staff, and that reporter, that photographer, has been removed. And I would just say, no member, Republican or Democrat, should be subject to that. We ought to have the opportunity to take our notes, participate in debate, and have a fair discussion.

Reuters disputed any wrongdoing, stating:

[Roberts’] 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. He broke no rules and left the hearing voluntarily.

Roberts’ photos from are available to view on the Reuters site.

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Deleted Account's picture

The humor in the whole debacle that is American politics... is this guy, not understanding the concept of live video feeds. SMDH

LA M's picture

Can't diss our country unless you vote....even then, don't out us to people we don't know ;-)

Deleted Account's picture

Transplanted Oregonian in New York. Very proud to say I had 100% participation in my voter registration program for a squadron of 200.

Besides... the secret is out. So much so, I tried not to sound American when overseas.

Of course he understood it the live video feed. He also knew that he was doing nothing wrong. He wasn't "caught" doing anything. Just doing his job, knowing full well the video feed is on him the whole time. The photographer was not trying to take photos surreptitiously — he had no reason to do that.

Deleted Account's picture

My bad... didn't realize you were there.

David Pavlich's picture

Geez....at least he could've use a Minox. :-)

Spy Black's picture

Couldn't have been that confidential if he was able to post them.

Deleted Account's picture

Awesome avatar. :)

It was nothing confidential. This article gets the story wrong.

Mutley Dastardly's picture

That journalist knew what he should do - and shouldn't. In fact i'm surprised he's not put in jail.

Deleted Account's picture

So much for Capitol security, eh?

Jail? Surely you are joking. What country do you live in? Is there a free press there?

Jack Alexander, it would be good to understand what you're writing about before you write about it. Contrary to your assertion, the photographer was not taking photos of confidential papers. Did you bother to look at the actual photos? They were published. Apparently you didn't see them. If you did, you would know that the content of the photo was nothing confidential. It was a photo of the representative's tools of the trade: The Federalist Papers, the US Constitution, a Holy Bible, some illegible papers. Confidential papers don't get left in open view to any passerby at the top of a desk during a break.

C Fisher's picture

Don't leave shit all over the table if you don't want pictures taken of it 😂