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Barr will not quarantine following potential exposure to COVID-19

Attorney General William BarrBill BarrPolitics in the Department of Justice can be a good thing Majority of Republicans say 2020 election was invalid: poll Biden administration withdraws from Connecticut transgender athlete case 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 TrumpUS, South Korea reach agreement on cost-sharing for troops Graham: Trump can make GOP bigger, stronger, or he 'could destroy it' Biden nominates female generals whose promotions were reportedly delayed under Trump MORE announced that he and the first lady, Melania TrumpMelania TrumpMissouri pastor faces backlash after suggesting wives should lose weight, strive to look like Melania Trump The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - FBI director testifies on Jan. 6 Capitol attack Overnight Health Care: Senate to vote on .9 trillion relief bill this week | J&J vaccine rollout begins | CDC warns against lifting restrictions MORE, tested positive for coronavirus. 

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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 LeeWhite House downplays surprising February jobs gain, warns US far from recovery White House open to reforming war powers amid bipartisan push Garland's AG nomination delayed by GOP roadblocks MORE (R-Utah), White House aide Hope HicksHope HicksUPDATED: McEnany, Fox News talks on pause Trump selects Hicks, Bondi, Grenell and other allies for positions Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis tests positive for coronavirus MORE and former White House adviser Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayGeorge Conway calls for thorough Lincoln Project probe: 'The lying has to stop' Claudia Conway advances on 'American Idol,' parents Kellyanne, George appear The swift death of the media darlings known as the Lincoln Project 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 TillisMcConnell backs Garland for attorney general GOP senators demand probe into Cuomo's handling of nursing home deaths CNN anchor confronts GOP chairman over senator's vote to convict Trump MORE (R-N.C.), and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) have also tested positive for coronavirus following the president's diagnosis.