Sen. Mike Lee has become the latest GOP lawmaker to test positive for COVID-19, according to a statement from the Senator.
Lee, whose mask use on the Hill was described as "inconsistent" by one reporter, met with Barrett on Tuesday, though she tested negative Friday.
Utah Sen. Mike Lee, Judiciary Committee member, is positive for COVID - and will remain isolated for the next 10 days. As @NBCNews Cap Hill team reports, Lee met with Judge Barrett on Tuesday.— Chris Jansing (@ChrisJansing) October 2, 2020
His mask use on the hill could be described as inconsistent at best.
Without Lee, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the GOP might have more trouble voting Barrett's nomination out of committee. His colleague Lindsey Graham, who is also on the Judiciary Committee, wished Lee a "speedy recovery".
Talked to Senator Lee earlier today and wished him a speedy recovery.— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) October 2, 2020
Look forward to welcoming him back to the @senjudiciary to proceed with the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barret on October 12. https://t.co/OVm0OQbnQF
This photo of Lee standing just feet from Barrett, with both mask-less and indoors, has been circulating.
Sen. Mike Lee just announced he tested positive for COVID-19. Here he is indoors, no mask, less than 6 feet from the SCOTUS nominee, just a few days ago. https://t.co/LIJQoDuTlO— Elise Foley (@elisefoley) October 2, 2020
And this footage of Lee greeting supporters while holding his mask in his hand is also being widely shared by MSM reporters and their activist allies.
Ah, yes, the best place for your mask as you hug and kiss and greet multiple people is IN YOUR HAND pic.twitter.com/xNDl1Z1fEK— Kate Bennett (@KateBennett_DC) September 26, 2020
Dem leader Chuck Schumer called for a Senate-wide mass testing program just minutes before news of Lee's test results broke.
Lee is hardly the first senator to test positive. The growing list of lawmakers from both parties who have tested positive is nearing two dozen, with the majority being Republicans across the House and the Senate. Mike Lee went into quarantine back in March after his colleague, Rand Paul, tested positive.