Attorney General Bill Barr is reportedly self-quarantining after potentially being exposed to coronavirus due to his close proximity to President Trump.
Trump’s recent COVID-19 diagnosis has sent shockwaves through Washington D.C., prompting many within Trump’s close circle to get tested for the novel virus and self-quarantine out of caution.
Justice Department spokesperson Kerri Kupec said Sunday that Barr has had four negative COVID-19 tests since Trump’s Thursday diagnosis, but he will still quarantine for several days out of an abundance of caution.
Twitter erupted in outrage after Barr said on Saturday that he would not voluntarily quarantine despite a potential exposure. Barr’s multiple negative tests were apparently not seen as adequate proof that Barr was not spreading the virus further.
Now, as President Trump receives treatment at Walter Reed hospital, Barr appears to not wish to stir up further controversy.
Barr last attended a meeting at the Justice Department on Friday, and has been at his home over the weekend. He reportedly plans to stay home for several more days.
Several prominent Trump allies and aides have received positive COVID-19 tests since last weekend’s ceremony nominating judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, including the first lady, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), White House aide Hope Hicks and former White House adviser Kellyanne Conway.