GOP Rep. Louis Gohmert tests positive for COVID-19; may have exposed Barr outside hearing room

July 30, 2020

Representative Louis Gohmert, a Texas Republican, has tested positive for the coronavirus after refusing to wear a mask on the House floor and around the Capitol, Politico first reported Wednesday.

What’s more, Gohmert may have exposed Attorney General Bill Barr to the virus, while the AG was on the Hill to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, July 28, reporter Olivia Beavers tweeted.

Gohmert defended not wearing a mask, even when he’s not able to social distance, in an interview with CNN last month— saying he’d only wear a face covering regularly if he contracted the virus.

“I don’t have the coronavirus, turns out as of yesterday I’ve never had it,” he said at the time. “But if I get it, you’ll never see me without a mask.”

The conservative, age 66, attended Attorney General William Barr’s House hearing on Tuesday and  spoke with Barr within six feet without wearing a mask.

Indeed, Beavers, a national security reporter for The Hill, tweeted, “Rep. Gohmert, who was without a mask, stood outside the men’s bathroom where Barr went before he walked into the “hearing” room. Once out, Gohmert approached the AG and exchanged a comment or two. Would say from memory, they were within arms length.”

She noted that Barr, who had arrived with a mask, removed it while he talked to Gohmert.

The next day, Jake Sherman, a Politico reporter, broke the news that Gohmert had just tested positive for COVID-19.

According to The Hill, Gohmert is now the tenth member of Congress with a presumed or confirmed case of COVID-19. Representatives. Joe Cunningham (D-South Carolina.), Ben McAdams (D-Utah), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Florida), Neal Dunn (R-Florida), Mike Kelly (R-Pennsylvania), Tom Rice (R-South Carolina) and Morgan Griffith (R-Virginia;s well as Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), have also tested positive for the disease.

A spokesperson for Barr said Wednesday that the attorney general would be tested for the coronavirus following the exposure to Gohmert.

Representative Matt Gaetz, a Florida Republican, may want to take a test, too. Word is, he used the same microphone as Gohmert at the Tuesday hearing.

Research contact: @thehill

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