President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett was diagnosed with COVID-19 this summer: sources

Utah Sen. Mike Lee announced Friday he tested positive for COVID-19

Friday, October 2, 2020
Pres. Trump introduces Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett
President Donald Trump introduces the country to his Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett.

Judge Amy Coney Barrett, the president's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, was diagnosed with coronavirus late this summer but has recovered, according to three sources familiar with the matter.

Barrett, and her husband, Jesse, were diagnosed, CNN reported. Jesse Barrett was asymptomatic but Barrett felt "a little under the weather but recovered," one of the sources said.

After the news early Friday that President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump contracted coronavirus, Barrett tested negative for coronavirus on Friday, according to White House spokesman Judd Deere.

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Barrett, who is tested daily, was last with the president on Saturday when Trump announced from the White House Rose Garden he would be nominating her to the Supreme Court, Deere said.

All week, Barrett has been meeting in-person with multiple U.S. senators on Capitol Hill.

Sen. Mike Lee, a Utah Republican who serves on the Judiciary committee, announced Friday he tested positive for COVID-19, just days after meeting in-person with Barrett on Tuesday.

Lee also attended Trump's event in the Rose Garden on Saturday, where multiple guests were seen not wearing masks nor social distancing.

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The Senate is scheduled to begin confirmation hearings on Barrett's nomination on Oct. 12.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, the Judiciary chairman, told CNN that the hearings will remain "on track" in light of the president's coronavirus diagnosis.

This story has been updated with additional information about Barrett and Lee's meeting and her nomination event.

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