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Gonzales Hearing Update: No More Pink

Code Pink is the proper name for the organization that the anti-war protestors belong to, and here's an update on their status at the House hearing where the attorney general is answering questions about the U.S. attorney firings:

They've been completely ousted from the hearing room. About eight Code Pink women were in the room during the break, battling with staff for the House Judiciary Committee and the U.S. Capitol Police about whether they could observe the proceedings.

The answer, before the afternoon round of questioning began, was no. They were all told to leave, based on the fact that they were all wearing what committee staff viewed as overtly political clothing.

The women shouted that their First Amendment rights were being violated, but staff told them they had two options -- watch the proceedings in a different room or leave entirely.

Without the Code Pink women on hand, the viewing section for the public in this particular Rayburn House Office Building room is not even half full.

Also, Democratic staff have sent out a pair of video clips for those readers looking to get a visual of what the hearing's atmospherics have been like.

By Paul Kane  |  May 10, 2007; 2:20 PM ET
Categories:  Hearing Watch , House  
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