A photographer captured the notes William Barr's grandson wrote during his grandpa's confirmation hearing

  • William Barr, President Donald Trump's pick for attorney general, sat for his confirmation hearing on Tuesday, but Barr wasn't alone — members of his family, including his grandson, were also present.
  • Liam, Barr's young grandson spent part of the hearing scribbling notes for his grandpa, including a letter that said "you are doing great."

It was William Barr's confirmation hearing, but his grandson, Liam, stole some of the spotlight.

The young boy sat next to his parents as senators questioned Barr, President Donald Trump's pick to replace Jeff Sessions as attorney general. Liam, 8, is the son of Barr's daughter, Mary Daly, who is a federal prosecutor and who works for the deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, and Michael Daly, who is a Justice Department lawyer.

Barr joked that Liam would “someday be in the Department of Justice.”

"Think about medical school, Liam," Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina quipped. "Somebody needs to make money in the family."

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Later in the hearing, a Reuters photographer caught Liam writing his own notes. On a blank piece of paper, the boy wrote "Dear Grandpa, I love you so much. You are doing great so far, but I know you still will. I am having so much fun. Love, Liam."

"P.S.," he added, "I think Rusha's (sic) people are fine. It is the goverment is the problem."

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William Barr's grandson Liam writes a note to his grandfather (L) as Barr testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination to be attorney general of the United States on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 15, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
William Barr's young grandson Liam holds a note that he had just written to his grandfather as he sits behind Barr during his testimony before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination to be attorney general of the United States on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 15, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
William Barr stands with his grandson Liam during a break in his Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination to be attorney general of the United States on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 15, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
William Barr's grandson Liam holds a note that he had just written to his grandfather (L) as Barr testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination to be attorney general of the United States on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 15, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) listens to Liam Barr, grandson of U.S. attorney general-nominee William Barr, prior to a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on William Barr's nomination to be attorney general of the United States on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 15, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
A comination of two photos shows William Barr's grandson Liam writing a note to his grandfather (Left photo) and then holding the note in his lap (Right photo) as Barr testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination to be attorney general of the United States on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 15, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) listens to Liam Barr, grandson of U.S. attorney general-nominee William Barr, prior to a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on William Barr's nomination to be attorney general of the United States on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 15, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Attorney General nominee William Barr thanks his grandson Liam Daly, right, for a mint as he returns from a break in testimony at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. As he did almost 30 years ago, Barr is appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee to make the case he's qualified to serve as attorney general. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., brings up Attorney General nominee William Barr's grandson Liam, to sit with him before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., brings up Attorney General nominee William Barr's grandson Liam, to sit with him before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Attorney General nominee William Barr's grandson Liam sits in the audience as Barr testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. As he did almost 30 years ago, Barr is appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee to make the case he's qualified to serve as attorney general. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., brings up Attorney General nominee William Barr's grandson Liam, to sit with him before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Attorney General nominee William Barr's grandson Liam sits in the audience as Barr testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Attorney General nominee William Barr grabs the nose of his grandson Liam as he arrives to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. Barr will face questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday about his relationship with Trump, his views on executive powers and whether he can fairly oversee the special counsel's Russia investigation. Barr served as attorney general under George H.W. Bush. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., third from left, brings up Attorney General nominee William Barr's grandson Liam, second from left, to sit with him before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Attorney General nominee William Barr laughs as he gets a mint from his grandson Liam Daly, right, as he returns from a break in testimony at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. As he did almost 30 years ago, Barr is appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee to make the case he's qualified to serve as attorney general. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., brings up Attorney General nominee William Barr's grandson Liam, to sit with him before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., brings up Attorney General nominee William Barr's grandson Liam, to sit with him before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 15: Liam Daly, grandson of U.S. Attorney General nominee William Barr, listens as Barr testifies at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee January 15, 2019 in Washington, DC. Barr, who previously served as Attorney General under President George H. W. Bush, was confronted about his views on the investigation being conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 15: Sen. John Kennedy (R) (R-LA) speaks with the grandson, Liam Daly (L), of U.S. Attorney General nominee William Barr prior to the start of Barr's confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee January 15, 2019 in Washington, DC. Barr, who previously served as Attorney General under President George H. W. Bush, was confronted about his views on the investigation being conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 15: William P. Barr, nominee for attorney general, greets his grandson, Liam, upon arriving for his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing in Hart Building on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 15: Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., chats with William Barr's grandson Liam about making snowballs and flying on Air Force One before the start of the confirmation hearing for William P. Barr, nominee to he Attorney General of the United States, in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
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During the hearing, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota offered Liam a mint, while Sen. Diane Feinstein offered to send "a little care package down to" to him.

"He deserves a medal," she said.

And on Twitter, Sen. John Kennedy shared pictures with the boy, saying he'd had a great conversation with him.

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