Congressman Who Long Resisted Wearing a Mask Tests Positive for COVID-19



A senior Republican aide told CNN that Gohmert's test results have caused issues in Congress, given how many other people interacted with Gohmert, with "a lot of staffers" now being ordered to get tests before they can resume normal activity.

According to CNN, Gohmert's office notified Republican leaders who in turn notified medical staff at the House of Representatives and the remaining individuals who need to receive further notification.

Gohmert, an eight-term incumbent, told CNN last month that he hadn't worn a face mask because he was tested for the virus.

"I don't have the coronavirus — turns out as of yesterday I've never had it," he said then. "But if I get it, you'll never see me without a mask."

Gohmert is the latest in a growing number of White House aides and politicians who have tested positive for the virus.

The president's national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, was confirmed to have the coronavirus earlier this week, becoming the highest-ranking administration official to contract the illness.

Other lawmakers who have been infected include Reps. Mario Diaz Balart, Morgan Griffith, Ben McAdams and Neal Dunn, along with Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.

Before his diagnosis was confirmed, Gohmert attended the high-profile Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday where Attorney General William Barr testified for hours, and both were seen unmasked walking together at the Capitol in a video shared by Hill reporter Olivia Beavers.

"Rep. Gohmert, who was without a mask, stood outside the men’s bathroom where Barr went before he walked into the 'hearing' room," Beavers wrote. "Once out, Gohmert approached the AG and exchanged a comment or two. Would say from memory, they were within arms length."

A Justice Department spokeswoman said Barr will be tested for coronavirus on Wednesday, per Politico.

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