On a humid Wednesday morning in June , a swarm of press greeted Hope Hicks as she marched into a room on Capitol Hill to testify before the House Judiciary Committee. "Fun day for the media, huh?" Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, a Democrat from Miami-Dade County, said under her breath as she entered the hearing. While the closed-door proceedings unfolded, 40 journalists and six cameras lined the corridor, waiting for their subject to reemerge.
Reporter Jerry Hagstrom was also covering the House that day. But the kerfuffle around Hicks was the last thing on his mind. At the same time as the Hicks drama was playing out, Hagstrom was sitting patiently in a nearby building, covering a nearly four-hour Ways and Means Committee hearing with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.