The first row are the allowed witnesses.
All those people a couple rows behind them? Well... those witnesses just don't fit in.
That's why most of the Democratic women on the committee walked out of the room.
Just now, Oklahoma GOP representative Jim Lankford implied that these men in black were being "berated" by the committee. In fact, they've mostly been getting strokes just short of full-body massages from most of the remaining committee members. This hearing is such a transparent and over-the-top, right wing extremist attack on the administration (one Representative invoked those dastardly laws against smoking in public buildings as a sign of the slippery slope the administration has set up) that clips from it should be used by Democrats in the upcoming election.
I cannot imagine any reasonable and honest person watching this hearing and not being appalled.
Partially crossposted from Thoughtcrimes