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


1. Chairman Jerrold Nadler, Democrat of New York

2. Representative Doug Collins, Republican of Georgia


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