Amy Coney Barrett Was Diagnosed With Coronavirus Over the Summer but Tested Negative Before Supreme Court Nomination

Republican senators, including Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Lindsey Graham (right), have vowed to press on with Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s (left) nomination for the Supreme Court, despite Barrett being in close contact with President Donald Trump on Saturday

Judge Amy Coney Barrett tested positive for the coronavirus ‘over the summer,’ The Washington Post reported Friday, on the heels of President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and Sen. Mike Lee all testing positive for COVID-19.

Barrett was at the White House with the Trumps and Lee on Saturday, when Trump officially nominated her for the Supreme Court. She met with Lee on Capitol Hill Tuesday.

Barrett would have been tested at the White House before meeting with the president. The White House also confirmed she tested negative Friday after the Trumps’ diagnosis was made public.

Barrett went to Capitol Hill three times this week and met with approximately 30 senators, The Washington Post said.

Republicans on Capitol Hill vowed to press forward with her nomination.

Both Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday that meetings would proceed.

‘Just finished a great phone call with President Trump. He’s in good spirits and we talked business – especially how impressed Senators are with the qualifications of Judge Barrett,’ McConnell tweeted.

‘Full steam ahead with the fair, thorough, timely process that the nominee, the Court, & the country deserve,’ McConnell said.

Graham also said he had spoken with the president Friday morning and was asked by Trump about the Barrett confirmation.

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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Nikki Schwab