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Amy Coney Barrett: Trump’s Supreme Court candidate was diagnosed with coronavirus this summer



Barrett and her husband Jesse were diagnosed. Jesse Barrett was asymptomatic, but Barrett felt “a little bit under the weather but recovered,” said one of the sources.

Following news early Friday that President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump became infected with coronavirus, Barrett tested negative for coronavirus on Friday, according to Judd Deere, White House spokesman.
Timeline: President Donald Trump's activities this week

Barrett, who is tested daily, was last with the president on Saturday when Trump announced from the White House rose garden that he would nominate her to the Supreme Court, Deere said.

Barrett spent the entire week meeting in person with several U.S. Senators on Capitol Hill.

Senator Mike Lee, a Utah Republican serving on the Justice Committee, announced Friday that he tested positive for Covid-19 just days after his face-to-face meeting with Barrett on Tuesday.
Lee also took part in Trump’s event in the rose garden on Saturday, during which several guests neither wore masks nor distanced themselves socially.

The Senate is due to begin hearings on October 12 to confirm Barrett’s nomination.

Senator Lindsey Graham, chairman of the judiciary, told CNN that the hearings will remain “on track” amid the president’s coronavirus diagnosis.

This story has been updated with additional information about the Barrett and Lee meeting and their nomination event.


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