Rep. Louie Gohmert, a Texas Republican, tested positive for coronavirus.
During a pandemic at the Capitol, Gohmert often refused to wear a mask. He spent a lot of time upstairs voting to talk to helpers and lawmakers – without a mask or social isolation. His cabinet did not respond to several requests for comment.
Gohmert was scheduled to fly an Air Force One ship with President Trump to Midland, Texas, where he raises funds and transports an oil rig. He was diagnosed with the coronavirus virus during a pre-flight inspection at the White House on Wednesday morning, a person familiar with the situation told CNN.
Due to the positive test, Gohmert does not go with the president.
A senior Republican assistant, CNN, said the test results caused the mountain problems because “many workers” were told to take tests before going to meetings and resuming activities. Some are sequestrants in their offices before they can be tested. Gohmert’s office informed Republican leaders, who informed the chamber’s medical staff, and the minutes were raised for further reporting. Politico reported the news for the first time.
Gohmert told CNN last month he was not wearing a mask because he had been tested and had no virus yet. “But if I get it, you’ll never see me without a mask,” he said.
He is just one of several conservative Republicans who have withdrawn from wearing masks, sometimes causing tension during committee meetings.
At Tuesday’s meeting, attended by Attorney General Bill Barr, the chairman of the court’s judicial committee, Jerry Nadler, called on a handful of Republican members to wear masks.
“I would like to remind Mr. Jordanui, p. Biggui and p. Johnson that you need to stop breaking the rules of the committee, stop breaking the safety of the members of the committee, stop treating yourself careless by refusing to wear masks. “Said Nadler, speaking of repetitions. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Andy Biggs of Arizona, and Mike Johnson of Louisiana.
“Is it possible to drink a sip of coffee?” Johnson retorted.
Gohmert was also present at the hearing. At one point, he was spotted without a mask outside near Barro. The Justice Department told CNN on Wednesday that Barras will be inspected.
At the next meeting on Wednesday, Representative Zoe Lofgren intervened to remind physically present members that they must wear a mask.
“He was a member who didn’t want to wear a mask all the time,” Lofgren said of Gohmert. “We are reminded that this is a very serious problem. If you don’t want to wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth, leave the room and we’ll make sure you attend remotely. ”