Barr will not quarantine following potential exposure to COVID-19

Attorney General William BarrBill BarrNew DOJ rule could allow executions by electrocution, firing squad Clyburn: Biden falling short on naming Black figures to top posts Five federal inmates scheduled for execution before Inauguration Day MORE said Saturday he would not self-quarantine despite his potential sustained exposure to COVID-19, The New York Times reported

Barr tested negative for the virus Friday and Saturday and will continue to monitor himself, his spokesperson told the newspaper. 

The news comes less than two days after President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden adds to vote margin over Trump after Milwaukee County recount Krebs says allegations of foreign interference in 2020 election 'farcical'  Republicans ready to become deficit hawks again under a President Biden MORE announced that he and the first lady, Melania TrumpMelania TrumpUSAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - COVID-19 fears surround Thanksgiving holiday The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump holds his last turkey pardon ceremony MORE, tested positive for coronavirus. 


Concern was raised about the attorney general's COVID-19 status after Barr attended the White House reception for Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett last Saturday. 

Several attendees who attended the event later tested positive for the coronavirus, including the president, the first lady, Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeLoeffler isolating after possible COVID-19 infection Rick Scott tests positive for coronavirus OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Barrasso to seek top spot on Energy and Natural Resources Committee | Forest Service finalizes rule weakening environmental review of its projects | Biden to enlist Agriculture, Transportation agencies in climate fight MORE (R-Utah), White House aide Hope HicksHope Charlotte HicksWomen set to take key roles in Biden administration President says Trump Jr. doing 'very well' after COVID-19 diagnosis Donald Trump Jr. tests positive for COVID-19 MORE and former White House adviser Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayWomen set to take key roles in Biden administration Lara Trump mulling 2022 Senate run in North Carolina: report Press: Where is Jim Baker when we need him? MORE.

Pictures captured at the event showed Barr talking in close proximity without a mask on to Conway and others. 

The Hill reached out to the Justice Department for confirmation and comment. 

Attendees from the event have said guests were allowed to socialize without masks if they tested negative for the virus and did not show signs of fever.

Sen. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisNorth Carolina — still purple but up for grabs Team Trump offering 'fire hose' of conspiracy Kool-Aid for supporters Loeffler isolating after possible COVID-19 infection MORE (R-N.C.), and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) have also tested positive for coronavirus following the president's diagnosis.