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GOP senator on Judiciary panel tests positive for Covid-19 days after meeting with Trump's nominee

October 2, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Amy Coney Barrett, U.S. President Donald Trump's nominee for associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, meets with Senator Mike Lee, a Republican from Utah, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. A bruising Senate confirmation fight over Trump's Supreme Court choice may seal the fates of several incumbent senators in the November election, though it has yet to drastically alter the odds for which party will control the chamber. Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg

Sen. Mike Lee, a Utah Republican, announced Friday he tested positive for Covid-19, just days after meeting in person with Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett on Tuesday.

(CNN)Sen. Mike Lee, a Utah Republican, announced Friday he tested positive for Covid-19, just days after meeting in person with Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett on Tuesday.

Lee, who serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee, tweeted on Friday that he took the test Thursday, and would "remain isolated" for 10 days.

He said he has "assured" Senate Republican leaders that he will "be back to work" to join the Judiciary panel to advance Barrett's nomination to the full Senate for a confirmation vote.

Lee said he experienced symptoms "consistent with longtime allergies" on Thursday morning and took the test "out of an abundance of caution. " He said he also took the test "just a few days ago" when he visited the White House for the announcement of Barrett's nomination.

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