U.S. Attorney General William Barr to be tested for coronavirus

U.S. Attorney General William Barr will be tested for COVID-19, after coming in close contact with Texas Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert on Tuesday when Barr testified before the House Judiciary Committee, a Justice Department spokeswoman confirmed.

Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec added that Barr already faces routine testing for COVID-19 at the White House.

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Gohmert, who steadfastly refused to wear a mask as the coronavirus pandemic took hold, tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, Politico reported.

The U.S. representative from Texas, where coronavirus cases have surged since the state reopened, tested positive in a prescreening at the White House, the news outlet said, citing multiple sources.

Gohmert was supposed to fly to his home state with fellow Republican U.S. President Donald Trump, Politico said.

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Gohmert questioned Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday at a House Judiciary Committee hearing.

During that hearing, Committee Chairman Representative Jerry Nadler, a Democrat, admonished some Republicans for not wearing masks, which is now required by committee rules.

Spokeswomen for Gohmert were not immediately available for comment.

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