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 NadlerMore than 200 women, transgender inmates to be transferred from Rikers Island Alabama using COVID funds to build new prisons — is that Biden's vision? Alabama clears plan to use COVID-19 relief funds to build prisons MORE (D-N.Y.) called on three Republican committee members to wear face coverings during a hearing Tuesday with Attorney General William BarrBill BarrBannon's subpoena snub sets up big decision for Biden DOJ Five takeaways: Report details Trump's election pressure campaign Biden slips further back to failed China policies 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 JordanJan. 6 committee issues latest round of subpoenas for rally organizers House Republican calls on Biden to have plan to counter drug trade in Afghanistan Allies see rising prospect of Trump 2024 White House bid MORE (R-Ohio), Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), and Mike JohnsonJames (Mike) Michael JohnsonOvernight Defense & National Security — Pentagon officials get grilling from House House lawmakers press Pentagon over Afghanistan withdrawal House passes bill to prevent shutdown and suspend debt limit 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 StoneWhite House orders release of Trump records to Jan. 6 committee Bannon says he discussed how to 'kill this administration in the crib' with Trump before Jan. 6 Roger Stone served with Capitol riot lawsuit during radio interview MORE and former national security adviser Michael Flynn, as well as the use of federal forces in U.S. cities.