Rep. Gohmert Tests Positive Ahead of Trump Trip

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Rep. Gohmert Tests Positive Ahead of Trump Trip

Gohmert had participated in Tuesday's high-profile House Judiciary Committee hearing with Attorney General William Barr, and was seen without a mask near Barr and others. Gohmert was set to meet up with Donald Trump on Wednesday.

A spokesperson for Barr said the attorney general will be tested for the virus on Wednesday because of his contact with Gohmert.

The 66-year-old congressman was supposed to travel with Trump to Texas on Wednesday.

"If I hadn't been going with the president, since I don't feel badly, I would never have known unless I become very symptomatic after this", he said. He said because the tests kept coming up negative, there was no issue with having close interaction with colleagues who also tested negative and would not wear a mask unless he or a colleague tested positive.

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Gohmert's office didn't immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment.

Gohmert told CNN in June that he was not wearing a mask because he was regularly tested for COVID-19. One senator, Republican Rand Paul, has tested positive.

The eight-term congressman is the 10th lawmaker in Congress to test positive for the novel virus, sources say.

"When individuals refuse to take the necessary precautions it puts everyone at risk". Gohmert said he wore a mask during the proceedings.

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During Tuesday's hearing, Nadler warned several Republican members-Reps. "Wear a damn mask".

Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) asked the chairman if it was "permissible to drink a sip of coffee", to which Nadler, who was spotted in D.C. this week without a mask, replied, "It is not permissible".

Throughout the hearing, most members were seen wearing a mask, except for during their turn to speak. Other medical professionals have said it is unclear whether a person can contract COVID-19 a second time.

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