Not so much about the politics of it but about the organization of the room and customs of congressional hearings:
In James Comey's testimony today, who were all the people in the back of the hearing room with laptops at tables, and also who were the people just behind Comey on chairs?
Are they press, congressional aides, members of the intelligence community, a mixture, what?
Back of the room shot from NBC coverage at about 17:12 mark:
Seats behind comey shot from NBC coverage at about 20:10 mark:
Note that I'm not asking specifically who these people are. I'm not looking for names.
I'm just curious as to what role they played in the hearing and/or who they were there on behalf of. Why were they in the room when the hearing could have seemingly gone on without them? (Since only congress members and Comey do the talking.)