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Louie Gohmert Tests Positive for Coronavirus After Refusing to Wear A Mask

2020-07-30 03:13:10
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“In the meantime, my work schedule and the lives of my employees are disrupted,” said Mr. Grijalva, 72. “This stems from a selfish act by Mr. Gohmert, who is just one member of Congress.”

A spokeswoman for Representative Kay Granger, 77, a fellow Texas Republican who sat beside Mr. Gohmert on Sunday evening on a flight from Texas, said she would quarantine at Dr. Monahan’s direction, “and out of an abundance of caution.” Representative Mike Johnson, Republican of Louisiana, said he would do the same after dining with Mr. Gohmert on Monday. Several Republican staff aides for the natural resources panel also planned to quarantine, a spokesman said.

Lawmakers and Mr. Barr were seated more than six feet apart during his hearing, but reporters spotted a maskless Mr. Gohmert outside the hearing room exchanging words with Mr. Barr, whose face was also uncovered. A Justice Department spokeswoman, Kerri Kupec, said that the attorney general would be tested on Wednesday.

Mr. Gohmert’s spokeswoman and chief of staff did not respond to requests for comment.

Democrats, in particular, were furious at the news. Mr. Gohmert is among a group of House Republicans, many of whom form the conservative Freedom Caucus, who have frequently refused to wear masks on the House floor and in the halls of the Capitol complex, despite warnings from public health experts and an outbreak in his home state.

“I’m concerned about the irresponsible behavior of many of the Republicans who have chosen to consistently flout well-established public health guidance,” said Representative Hakeem Jeffries, Democrat of New York and a member of the Judiciary Committee. He pleaded with Republicans like Mr. Gohmert to put on masks or go home.

Mr. Hoyer urged him to vote by proxy under new rules pushed through by Democrats to allow lawmakers to skip traveling to Washington during the pandemic and instead deputize a colleague to cast votes on their behalf. Republicans bitterly opposed the chance and have sued in federal court to have it declared unconstitutional.

Mr. Gohmert said he only found out that he had the virus when he went to the White House at 7 a.m. Wednesday and was screened in line with the White House policy of testing anyone who would be near Mr. Trump. Mr. Gohmert tested positive twice.


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