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Nadler calls for Republican members to stop 'refusing to wear masks' during Barr hearing

Nadler calls for Republican members to stop 'refusing to wear masks' during Barr hearing
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House Judiciary Chairman Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerHouse sets vote for George Floyd police reform bill Jim Jordan calls for House Judiciary hearing on 'cancel culture' House Judiciary split on how to address domestic extremism MORE (D-N.Y.) called on three Republican committee members to wear face coverings during a hearing Tuesday with Attorney General William BarrBill BarrMajority of Republicans say 2020 election was invalid: poll Biden administration withdraws from Connecticut transgender athlete case Justice Department renews investigation into George Floyd's death: report MORE

“I would remind Mr. Jordan, Mr. Biggs and Mr. Johnson to stop violating the rules of the committee, to stop violating the safety of the members of the committee, to stop holding themselves out as not caring by refusing to wear their masks,” Nadler said, referring to Reps. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanJim Jordan calls for House Judiciary hearing on 'cancel culture' CPAC, all-in for Trump, is not what it used to be Democrats don't trust GOP on 1/6 commission: 'These people are dangerous' MORE (R-Ohio), Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), and Mike JohnsonJames (Mike) Michael JohnsonCassidy defends vote to proceed with Trump trial after GOP backlash Cassidy calls Trump attorneys 'disorganized' after surprise vote House Democrats renew push for checks on presidential pardons MORE (R-La.). 

A member was heard asking Nadler in response if it is “permissible to drink a sip of coffee.” 

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Nadler responded it is “not permissible.”

Most members were seen wearing face coverings throughout the hearing when they were not speaking. For the most part, members removed face masks during their time to speak. 

Some members participated in the hearing remotely.

Public health experts widely recommend the use of face coverings, especially in indoor or close settings, to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. 

In his opening remarks and throughout the hearing Barr defended himself against Democratic accusations trying to paint him as a Trump loyalist. Members are asking Barr about several Justice Department decisions, including his handling of high profile cases involving Trump’s friends, Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Third approved vaccine distributed to Americans DOJ investigating whether Alex Jones, Roger Stone played role in Jan. 6 riots: WaPo Nearly a quarter of Trump's Facebook posts in 2020 included misinformation: analysis MORE and former national security adviser Michael Flynn, as well as the use of federal forces in U.S. cities.