Klobuchar calls for postponement of Supreme Court hearing: 'We don't know how many other Republican senators had' COVID-19

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharKlobuchar confident spending bill will be finished before Christmas Sunday shows preview: New COVID-19 variant emerges; supply chain issues and inflation persist The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden renominates Powell as Fed chair MORE (D-Minn.) said Sunday that three Republican senators testing positive for the coronavirus indicated hearings for President TrumpDonald TrumpOmar, Muslim Democrats decry Islamophobia amid death threats On The Money — Powell pivots as inflation rises Trump cheers CNN's Cuomo suspension MORE's Supreme Court nominee should be postponed.

“We’ve got the fact that three senators have it, two are on the Judiciary Committee … we don’t know how many other Republican senators had it,” Klobuchar said on “Fox News Sunday.”

Sens. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeCongress's goal in December: Avoid shutdown and default No deal in sight as Congress nears debt limit deadline Republicans struggle to save funding for Trump's border wall MORE (R-Utah), Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisOvernight Defense & National Security — A new plan to treat Marines 'like human beings' Republicans press Milley over perceived progressive military agenda Gun control group alleges campaign finance violations in lawsuit against NRA MORE (R-N.C.) and Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonWisconsin senators ask outsiders not to exploit parade attack 'for their own political purposes' It's time to bury ZombieCare once and for all Marjorie Taylor Greene introduces bill to award Congressional Gold Medal to Rittenhouse MORE (R-Wis.) have all tested positive for the virus in recent days. Tillis and Lee both sit on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Several people who have since tested positive attended a White House Rose Garden ceremony for the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgSupreme Court to hear landmark abortion case this week Roe redux: Is 'viability' still viable as a constitutional doctrine? Yankee Doodling the media: How 'Let's Go Brandon' became a rallying cry against news bias MORE. Barrett has herself tested negative.

“[Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate nearing deal on defense bill after setback On The Money — Powell pivots as inflation rises Schumer eyeing Build Back Better vote as soon as week of Dec. 13 MORE [R-Ky.] has shut the Senate down … because of health concerns,” Klobuchar said on Sunday. “There were a number of other [GOP senators] that were at the Rose Garden. They have a lunch together where they don’t wear masks, we don’t do that on the Democratic side. They do. And so it’s very possible we’re going to have more senators, more staff.”

“So I don't know why you would ram through this Supreme Court hearing, put people in danger because it would be within that two-week period, while you have shut down the whole Senate,” she added. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said the Senate will only meet in pro forma sessions for the next two weeks following the positive tests of the three GOP senators.

Fox News’s Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceBret Baier confirms his 'concerns' about Tucker Carlson's Jan. 6 documentary Rittenhouse says Biden defamed his character Surgeon general warns of uptick in COVID-19 cases as cold weather arrives MORE noted that the Judiciary Committee, of which Klobuchar is a member, has held virtual hearings before and that Klobuchar earlier praised the panel's chairman, Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.), for arranging them.

“This is for the highest court of the land and yes, we have had virtual hearings… but you need to be able to go back and forth with the nominee,” Klobuchar responded, citing Barrett’s history on the Affordable Care Act. In particular, she noted Barrett's repeated criticisms of Chief Justice John Roberts, whom Klobuchar called "not exactly a blazing liberal," for ruling in favor of the law.