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Reporter Chugging Her Coffee Behind Impeachment Witness Becomes The Internet’s New Hero


The public impeachment hearings have already spawned several viral moments, and day 3 was no exception.

One witness, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who serves as the Director for European Affairs for the United States National Security Council, provided several standout moments, including shutting down Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) after he questioned Vindman’s “character” and “judgment.”

But one of the more lighthearted moments surrounding Vindman didn’t actually involve him at all.

In fact, it happened just behind him as he gave his testimony.

At one point during the proceedings, a woman could be seen enthusiastically chugging her large coffee behind Vindman.

What made it even better was that she appeared to realize that she was on camera, and then went back to guzzling that coffee like a boss.

And people took notice.

The woman was later identified as McClatchy Congress reporter Emma Dumain, who confirmed to The New York Post that it was indeed her.

In an interview with Slate, Dumain said that she was aware that she was on camera, since she’d “been getting emails with screengrabs and texts even before the start of the hearing saying, ‘Oh, wow, you’re on TV. Look, I see your head peeking out over there behind the witnesses.'”

But at the moment she decided to down her coffee, she didn’t realize she’d be quite so visible.

She added:

“The bottom line is I had no idea in the moment that that was being captured in real time. Zero.”

When asked if the coffee was really that good, Dumain admitted that it was actually just “serviceable” coffee from Pret a Manger.


But she still has a sense of humor about the whole thing, saying:

“It’s hilarious. It looks ridiculous. The thing that I actually am finding gratifying about the whole thing is I really do think my colleagues are laughing with me and not at me.”

“Maybe I’m deluding myself, but this actually has been a pretty funny day and kind of a hilarious experience.”

And people were feeling that big coffee mood hard.

Whatever gets you through the day.

Thanks for the laugh, Emma!


Written by Brian Skellenger

Brian is an actor, musician, writer, babysitter, and former Olympian. One of these things is a lie. Based in NYC, Brian honed his skills in the suburbs of Minneapolis, where he could often be seen doing jazz squares down the halls of his middle school. After obtaining a degree in musical theatre, he graced the stages of Minneapolis and St. Paul before making the move to NYC. In his spare time, Brian can be found playing board games, hitting around a volleyball, and forcing friends to improvise with him.