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People Have Taken Notice of Lawyer Steve Castor’s Grocery Bag at the Impeachment Hearing

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The House Judiciary Committee opened its doors on Monday to formally hear from Democratic and Republican lawyers laying out their cases for or against hearings that could result in the impeachment of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power, bribery and obstruction.

When Republican Counsel Steve Castor walked into the hearing room at the U.S. House of Representatives to once again testify before the Judiciary Committee, he brought along binders full of documents and materials he may need to make his case. Instead of tucking them into a box or a briefcase, though, he opted to stick them into a reusable The Fresh Market grocery bag—and the internet noticed.

A reusable shopping bag filled with documents and notes sit at the feet of Stephen Castor, the Republican counsel to the Judiciary and Intelligence committee, at the beginning of the House Judiciary Committee hearing on the impeachment inquiry in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 9, 2019.
Castor's reusable shopping bag, filled with documents and notes.Gabriella Demczuk for TIME

Soon after Castor walked into the room, eagle-eyed political reporters started to share images of the lawyer’s reusable tote. The relatable moment offered impeachment watchers a brief moment of humor during an otherwise tense week in Washington as Democrats prepare for a full House vote on the articles of impeachment drafted under the direction of Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Correction, Dec. 9

The original version of this story misstated where Steve Cantor’s grocery bag is from. It is from The Fresh Market, not Whole Foods.

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