Gohmert was tested at the White House early Wednesday before he was due to accompany President Trump on a trip to Texas.
That session was held in a massive auditorium with lawmakers spaced out, and Gohmert appears to have adhered to the committee rules that one must wear a mask at all times unless it is his or her turn to speak.
The congressman's positive test raised further questions about the lack of mask and testing requirements in the Capitol as members frequently fly back and forth from their hometowns and gather for votes, hearings and news conferences. Gohmert's workplace alerted Republican leaders, who alerted House medical personnel and the procedure began for additional alert, the GOP assistant stated. He participated in the House Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday where Attorney General William Barr testified.
"When you write your story, can you include the fact that Louie requires full staff to be in the office, including three interns, so that 'we could be an example to America on how to open up safely.' When probing the office, you might want to ask how often were people berated for wearing masks", the aide said.
"Rep. Gohmert, who was without a mask, stood exterior the men's bathroom the place Barr went just before he walked into the "hearing" room".
He is at least the 10th member of Congress known to have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Last month, Gohmert told CNN's Manu Raju, "I don't have the coronavirus".
"When I have a mask on, I'm moving it to make it comfortable and I can't help but wonder if that put some germs in the mask", Gohmert said in a video he posted to social media announcing his positive test results. "I've regularly instructed all Members to wear their masks and hope this is a lesson by all my colleagues". "And we know that wearing a mask helps stop the spread". Politico initially reported the news.
"That's a concern, and it's my plea to my colleagues on the other side of the aisle. that they stop politicizing public-health guidance and do the right thing", he added.