THE HOTTEST TICKET: Fired FBI director James Comey’s public testimony at Thursday’s Senate Intelligence Committee hearing is attracting “Monica Lewinsky-esque” levels of interest from the media wanting to cover his appearance, multiple sources confirm. Senate Daily Press Gallery Director Laura Lytle, who started working in the gallery during the Clinton impeachment trial, said the “interest level is very similar” to those hearings. “That’s the busiest I’ve ever seen it … The difference is the news industry has changed. The demand for information needs to be faster and quicker.” Another source involved in the hearings said “the buzz is like the ‘90s” in terms of excitement and seriousness.
Top gallery staff are scheduled to meet Monday with aides on the Intel panel to discuss the specifics of how many reporters will be allowed into Hart 216 Thursday. Usually about 120 reporters, not including photographers, are allowed to sit in the press section of the hearing room.