AG Bill Barr reveals he will quarantine 'for several days' out of caution while White House tells staff to stay home if they have symptoms after COVID outbreak

 The attorney general has announced that he is going into quarantine after questions mounted about his decision to continue with his normal routine, despite coming into close contact with many confirmed COVID carriers. 

Bill Barr, 70, was seen in prolonged conversation on Saturday with Kellyanne Conway at the Rose Garden ceremony nominating Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

Conway was one of at least nine at the 'super spreader event' to test positive. 

Other attendees - Donald and Melania Trump, Chris Christie, Senators Mike Lee, Ron Johnson and Thom Tillis, Hope Hicks, Norte Dame president John Jenkins - have all since confirmed they contracted COVID-19. 

Bill Barr was pictured on September 26 with Kellyanne Conway, who has tested positive

Bill Barr was pictured on September 26 with Kellyanne Conway, who has tested positive

Barr, 70, was seen in lengthy conversation with Conway, who confirmed her result Friday

Barr, 70, was seen in lengthy conversation with Conway, who confirmed her result Friday

Conway's daughter Claudia has since confirmed that she too is now infected with the virus

Conway's daughter Claudia has since confirmed that she too is now infected with the virus

Barr, with no face mask, was also seen with Chris Christie (pink tie), who has tested positive

Barr, with no face mask, was also seen with Chris Christie (pink tie), who has tested positive

The attorney general broke social distancing guidelines and shook hands with many people

The attorney general broke social distancing guidelines and shook hands with many people

Barr initially rebuffed calls for him to quarantine, as recommended under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines - a decision described as 'arrogant, irresponsible, and reckless' by a former U.S. attorney.

On Sunday night his spokesman, Kerri Kupec, confirmed that Barr had reconsidered and would now quarantine for several days.


She said he was not showing any symptoms and had repeatedly tested negative. 

'The Attorney General has been tested four times for COVID-19 since Friday morning and all four test results were negative,' she tweeted. 

'He is feeling great and has no symptoms. Thank you to all who have expressed concern and support!'

Barr spokesman on Sunday night said that he had been tested four times and was fine

Barr spokesman on Sunday night said that he had been tested four times and was fine

White House staff on Sunday evening received their first guidance on the outbreak

White House staff on Sunday evening received their first guidance on the outbreak

The White House on Sunday issued its first guidance to staff members, in the midst of the outbreak.

Kaitlan Collins, CNN correspondent, said that staff had received an email telling them not to come to work if they have symptoms. 

If they develop them, they're told to go home and contact their primary care provider, she said. 

'Staff should not go to the White House Medical Unit clinic for any Covid-19 testing inquiries,' the employees were told. 

The West Wing of the White House has remained quiet since Donald Trump was taken to hospital on Friday.

Kayleigh McEnany, who was in contact with Hope Hicks and the president, has continued coming in to work, however, to the concern of some of her fellow workers, the New York Times reported. 

A White House official said McEnany did not have to go into quarantine because she was an essential worker and had tested negative every day since her interaction with Hicks, including on Sunday. 

McEnany on Sunday said she would not disclose who in the White House had tested positive, citing 'privacy concerns'. 

Kayleigh McEnany is seen on Sunday speaking to the media outside the White House

Kayleigh McEnany is seen on Sunday speaking to the media outside the White House

McEnany, 32, was in close contact with Trump and Hicks but has not quarantined

McEnany, 32, was in close contact with Trump and Hicks but has not quarantined

Barr has remained at his home since attending a meeting at Justice Department headquarters on Friday, the department said. 

A spokesperson for Barr told the New York Times on Saturday that the attorney general would not quarantine, but would look out for any symptoms and continue to be tested. 

'Barr's refusal to quarantine after exposure is not 'toughness,'' said University of Michigan Law Professor and former U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade via Twitter. 

'It is arrogant, irresponsible, and reckless behavior from our nation's attorney general.' 

Andrew Weissmann, a prosecutor who was one of Robert Mueller's top deputies in the Russia inquiry, was equally unimpressed.

'Attorney General Barr's choice not to quarantine is so fitting: enabler of presidential fictions and denier of facts,' he tweeted. 'Even now. Incorrigible.'

Elie Honig, a former federal prosecutor, said: 'This is reckless and dangerous for any person – especially a person who wields power to summon others. 

'He's putting DOJ staffers, and everyone else around him, at risk.'

AG Bill Barr reveals he will quarantine 'for several days' out of caution while White House tells staff to stay home if they have symptoms after COVID outbreak AG Bill Barr reveals he will quarantine 'for several days' out of caution while White House tells staff to stay home if they have symptoms after COVID outbreak Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 05:52 Rating: 5

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