Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin has examined constructive for coronavirus after being uncovered to somebody with the virus earlier this week, in response to his spokesman, making him the third GOP senator to check constructive in 24 hours and threatening the short affirmation prospects of Choose Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court docket.
In an indication of simply how little margin for error there’s to get Barrett confirmed by election day, Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell wrote in an e mail to GOP senators obtained by CNN that he wants all Republican senators again in Washington by Oct. 19.
Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Thom Tillis of North Carolina, who sit on the Judiciary Committee, examined constructive for Covid-19 on Friday — simply days after attending a White Home occasion the place President Trump nominated Barrett.
A number of attendees of that occasion, together with Trump, have examined constructive within the week because the ceremony, which featured many individuals not carrying masks and never observing social distancing protocols.
Johnson didn’t attend the Barrett nomination ceremony, the place a number of individuals appeared to have been uncovered to the virus, as a result of he was quarantining from a previous publicity, throughout which he twice examined damaging for the virus, in response to the spokesman.
Johnson was in a position to get examined earlier than chatting with the Ozaukee County Republican Get together Oktoberfest Dinner on Friday evening in Wisconsin, he mentioned on a name with reporters Saturday. The senator, who mentioned he had determined to get examined as a precaution after listening to that Lee had examined constructive earlier on Friday, discovered he had examined constructive after the occasion on his experience dwelling.