Attorney General William BarrBill BarrTrump pushes back on book claims, says he spent 'virtually no time' discussing election with Lee, Graham Woodward: Milley was 'setting in motion sensible precautions' with calls to China Barr-Durham investigation again fails to produce a main event 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 TrumpTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Schumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe MORE announced that he and the first lady, Melania TrumpMelania TrumpFormer aide sees Melania Trump as 'the doomed French queen': book If another 9/11 happened in a divided 2021, could national unity be achieved again? Former Trump aide Stephanie Grisham planning book: report 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 LeeHillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Officials want action on cyberattacks Senate panel advances antitrust bill that eyes Google, Facebook Trump pushes back on book claims, says he spent 'virtually no time' discussing election with Lee, Graham MORE (R-Utah), White House aide Hope HicksHope HicksThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - US prepares vaccine booster plan House panel probing Jan. 6 attack seeks Trump records UPDATED: McEnany, Fox News talks on pause MORE and former White House adviser Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne ConwayOvernight Defense & National Security — Iron Dome funding clears House Sean Spicer, Russ Vought sue Biden over Naval Board removal Youngkin leads McAuliffe among likely voters: poll 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 TillisGOP senators unveil bill designating Taliban as terrorist organization Without major changes, more Americans could be victims of online crime How to fix the semiconductor chip shortage (it's more than manufacturing) MORE (R-N.C.), and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) have also tested positive for coronavirus following the president's diagnosis.