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 passes bill to protect pregnant workers House Democrats postpone vote on marijuana decriminalization bill Attacks against the police are organized and violent MORE (D-N.Y.) called on three Republican committee members to wear face coverings during a hearing Tuesday with Attorney General William BarrBill BarrBiden rips Barr's comments on coronavirus restrictions as 'sick' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Cheney asks DOJ to probe environmental groups | Kudlow: 'No sector worse hurt than energy' during pandemic | Trump pledges 'no politics' in Pebble Mine review Cheney asks DOJ to probe environmental groups  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 JordanHouse passes resolution condemning anti-Asian discrimination relating to coronavirus Republicans call for Judiciary hearing into unrest in cities run by Democrats Trump, GOP seek to rebut Democratic narrative on night one MORE (R-Ohio), Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), and Mike JohnsonJames (Mike) Michael JohnsonLWCF modernization: Restoring the promise Mike Johnson to run for vice chairman of House GOP conference Republicans call for Judiciary hearing into unrest in cities run by Democrats 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 StoneJustice IG investigating Stone sentencing: report Romney says Trump's protest tweets 'clearly intended to further inflame racial tensions' Bannon trial date set in alleged border wall scam MORE and former national security adviser Michael Flynn, as well as the use of federal forces in U.S. cities.