The photograph has all the trappings of a Renaissance painting — crowded with characters, action and emotion — only this one is set in a congressional hearing room and features figures frequently found on C-Span.

It captures a small moment in a big event: The first hearing by the House Judiciary Committee officially called to determine whether to impeach President Donald Trump. But to look at the frame, captured on Tuesday by Doug Mills, a New York Times photographer, is to understand something deeper about the forces at play as the House grapples with the prospect of trying to remove

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1. Chairman Jerrold Nadler, Democrat of New York

2. Representative Doug Collins, Republican of Georgia

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3. Representative Zoe Lofgren, Democrat of California

4. Barry H. Berke, a Democratic lawyer for the committee

5. Committee staff

Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Corey Lewandowski