Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) participated maskless at Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing with no doctor’s confirmation that his COVID symptoms are gone.
Lindsey Graham claimed that Mike Lee was cleared by his doctor:
Here is Lindsey Graham falsely claiming that Sen. Mike Lee was cleared by his physician when Lee self-reported that his symptoms were gone and has not released a negative COVID test. pic.twitter.com/uMDGf8i5Wj
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) October 12, 2020
Heidi Przybyla reported:
Thank you, yes this is a very important point. Lee’s symptoms resolving are self reported and not confirmed by the doctor: https://t.co/A6gpJtUUec
— Heidi Przybyla (@HeidiNBC) October 12, 2020
Mike Lee showed in person at the hearing without a mask, and he has no medical confirmation that his symptoms are gone or that he is negative for the coronavirus. It has only been a week since Lee went into quarantine. He could still be contagious and could be infecting the other Republican members of the committee.
The White House Chief of Staff is refusing to wear a mask when talking to reporters. Republicans are attempting to jam through an unpopular Supreme Court nominee before an election that they are likely to lose, and Mike Lee is in the hearing potentially making senators and staff sick.
If more Republican senators get sick at these confirmation hearings, it could derail their plan to confirm Barrett before the end of the month.
Senate Republicans are risking the health and lives of those around them because all that they care about is taking away healthcare from millions of Americans.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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