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Attorney General Barr to self-quarantine out of caution after White House event

William Barr to skip House hearing Thursday
Posted at 3:52 PM, Oct 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-04 18:53:30-04

(KGTV) — Attorney General William Barr has decided to self-quarantine out of caution after President Donald Trump and several other lawmakers and aides tested positive for the coronavirus this week.

Barr has had four COVID-19 tests since Friday and all have been negative, according to Justice Department spokesperson Kerri Kupec. She told the AP that Barr is quarantining out of an abundance of caution.

Barr had attended one meeting at the Justice Department headquarters on Friday and stayed home during the weekend except to be tested.

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Last weekend, Barr was one of several people to attend a White House event for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, where he was seen on video talking with former Trump aide Kellyanne Conway, who has since tested positive for the virus. Neither was wearing a mask.

Many others in attendance were also not wearing a facial covering, as they sat close together throughout the ceremony. Since that event, at least eight people have tested positive for the coronavirus, including President Trump, first lady Melania Trump, Sens. Tom Tillis, and Mike Lee, Notre Dame President John I. Jenkins, Gov. Chris Christie, and Conway.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.