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Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett (L) meets with Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on September 29, 2020.

Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett (L) meets with Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on September 29, 2020. (Photo: Stefani Reynolds / Pool/ AFP via Getty Images)

Just Three Days After Meeting With Amy Coney Barrett Without Mask, GOP Senator Mike Lee Also Tests Positive for Covid-19

The announcement by the Republican from Utah came just hours after President Donald Trump revealed he had the virus.

Andrea Germanos

Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah said Friday he tested positive for coronavirus—an announcement that came just three days after he met—indoors and maskless—with Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court justice nominee.

Lee posted the news on Twitter, saying the positive result was from a test on Thursday. He also indicated he took a Covid-19 test "a few days ago while visiting the White House," and that that test had come back negative.

The Utah Republican met with Coney Barrett on Tuesday. A photo released by his office shows the two not following public health recommendations by standing clearly less than six feet apart from each other and not wearing face masks.

President Donald Trump also announced Friday he and First Lady Melania Trump were infected with the coronavirus, just a day after one of his top aides, Hope Hicks, tested positive.

The president's diagnosis—described by The New Republic's Alex Shephard as "the ultimate, inevitable end of his administration's disastrous response to a global pandemic"— was not taken by Republicans as a roadblock to filling the seat held by the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The National Journal's Zachary Cohen reported that a White House spokesperson said Coney Barrett tested negative for Covid-19 on Friday and the she had not been with the president since Saturday.

"She is following CDC guidance and best practices," the spokesperon said, "including social distancing, wearing face coverings, and frequently washes hands."

On Friday, ahead of Lee's announcement, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell indicated his party's intention to plow "full steam ahead" with advancing Coney Barrett's nomination.


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