- Sen. Mike Lee said on Twitter on Friday that he has tested positive for COVID-19 after experiencing what he thought were “longtime allergies.”
- “Unlike the test I took just a few days ago while visiting the White House, yesterday’s test came back positive,” the Republican senator from Utah wrote.
- Lee attended a ceremony at the White House on Saturday during which President Donald Trump announced that Judge Amy Coney Barrett is his Supreme Court nominee.
- Pictures from the event show a tightly packed crowd of people, many of whom weren’t wearing masks, instead shaking hands and hugging each other.
- Lee also met with Barrett on Capitol Hill on Tuesday and returned for a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday. He was seen maskless both times.
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Sen. Mike Lee, a Republican from Utah, announced on Friday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.
“Yesterday morning, I was experiencing symptoms consistent with longtime allergies,” Lee wrote on Twitter. “Out of an abundance of caution, I sought medical advice and was tested for Covid-19.”
“Unlike the test I took just a few days ago while visiting the White House, yesterday’s test came back positive,” he added.
Lee said that he plans to isolate himself for the next 10 days, based on advice from a physician. “Like so many other Utans, I will now spend part of 2020 working from home,” he said.
Lee noted, however, that he plans to be “back to work to join my Judiciary Committee colleagues in advancing the Supreme Court nomination of Jude Amy Coney Barrett.”
Lee attended a ceremony at the White House on Saturday during which President Donald Trump announced Barrett’s selection.
Images from the event show a large crowd with no social distancing and many people not wearing face masks. Some attendees hugged, bumped elbows, and shook hands with each other. Footage from CNN shows that Lee did so, too.
Ah, yes, the best place for your mask as you hug and kiss and greet multiple people is IN YOUR HAND pic.twitter.com/xNDl1Z1fEK
— Kate Bennett (@KateBennett_DC) September 26, 2020
Lee met Barrett again on Tuesday, this time on Capitol Hill. Pictures show that neither Barrett nor Lee were wearing face masks or staying six feet away from one another.
He was photographed, maskless again, at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday about the FBI’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
The Senate is expected to begin Barrett’s confirmation hearings on Oct. 12. The staunchly conservative justice has been tapped by Trump to take the place of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who died on Sept. 18.
CONGRESS NEEDS TESTING! Not a partisan topic. Mike Lee was with Amy Coney Barrett this week! He was around all of us reporters too! This is crazy
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) October 2, 2020
Sen. Mike Lee is COVID positive.
Per @GarrettHaake, Lee met with Judge Barrett on Tuesday. He’s a member of the Judiciary committee.
He’s also been a regular attendee of the GOP’s weekly lunches. https://t.co/DMhAdksHSX
— Heidi Przybyla (@HeidiNBC) October 2, 2020
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and California Sen. Dianne Feinstein reacted to Lee’s diagnoses on Friday, calling it “unfortunate news, according to Bloomberg News reporter Laura Litvan.
“The unfortunate news about the infection of our colleague Senator Mike Lee makes even more clear that health and safety must guide the schedule for all Senate activities, including hearings,” they said.
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"The unfortunate news about the infection of our colleague Senator Mike Lee makes even more clear that health and safety must guide the schedule for all Senate activities, including hearings."
— Laura Litvan (@LauraLitvan) October 2, 2020