Sen. Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, has cleared Sunday that she will participate in Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings from her office to avoid all possibilities of contracting the coronavirus.
“Due to Judiciary Committee Republicans’ refusal to take common sense steps to protect members, aides, Capitol complex workers, and members of the media, Senator Harris plans to participate in this week’s hearings remotely from her Senate office in the Hart building,” Sen. Kamala Harris spokesperson said in a statement.
The Sen. decision to participate remotely came after the California lawmaker slammed Senate Republicans and the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Lindsay Graham, for insisting on carrying on with the hearings after three GOP senators including two on the committee contracted the virus.
“By moving forward with Supreme Court confirmation hearings tomorrow less than 2 weeks after members tested positive Chairman Graham and Senate Republicans are endangering the lives of not just members and our staff, but the hardworking people who keep the Senate complex running,” the Democratic vice presidential nominee tweeted.
Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), both committee members, tested positive for the virus after attending the Sept. 26 Rose Garden ceremony where President Trump formally introduced Barrett as his nominee.
They have both said they hoped to be recovered and be present for the hearings, which begin on Monday.
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, of New York, has called on Graham (R-S.C.) to get tested for COVID-19 before the hearings begin because he has been exposed to those with the disease.
However, Graham told Fox News on “Sunday Morning Futures” that he was tested last week and his result came negative while stating that “Anybody that has a concern about showing up can virtually interview Judge Barrett. She will be there. I will be there… We’re going to work safely,” he said.