GOP Sen. Thom Tillis, Judiciary Committee Member, Tests Positive For COVID-19

Written by on October 2, 2020

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), a member of the Judiciary Committee, stated Friday that he’d examined optimistic for COVID-19, turning into the newest Republican determine to contract the coronavirus ― and a minimum of the second committee member to take action.

Tillis is considered one of a minimum of 5 individuals who have examined optimistic for the virus since attending a Saturday occasion on the White Home celebrating the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Courtroom.

The others embrace President Donald Trump and first girl Melania Trump, who introduced optimistic checks earlier Friday. Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah).

Lee, who can also be a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, stated Friday that he’d began experiencing COVID-19 signs on Thursday morning ― at across the similar time he attended a Judiciary Committee listening to the place he spoke with out sporting a masks.

Most members of the committee attended the Thursday listening to, together with Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). It’s unclear, nonetheless, whether or not Tillis was current.

In a press release, Tillis stated he had “no signs” and was feeling “effectively.” He added that he’d be “self-isolating at dwelling for 10 days and notifying these I’ve been in shut contact with.”

Tillis, who’s up for reelection in November, engaged in an in-person debate together with his Democratic rival Cal Cunningham on Thursday night time. The 2 males bumped elbows through the occasion and stood a number of toes aside.

Cunningham wished Tillis a “fast restoration” in a tweet and stated he too would get examined for the virus after his potential publicity. 

Tillis’s and Lee’s optimistic COVID-19 outcomes add additional problems to Barrett’s Supreme Courtroom affirmation listening to, which was scheduled to start in 10 days.

Senate Minority Chief Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), rating member of the Judiciary Committee, stated Friday morning that it was “untimely … to decide to a listening to schedule” when the complete extent of lawmakers’ publicity to COVID-19 is unknown.

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