Lawmakers at the house who were brought to safety when a violent mob of Donald Trump supporters stormed the Capitol were caught bickering over masks as they hid in a secure room.
A video of Republican officials refusing to cover their faces emerged when Capitol Hill attending physician Dr Brian Moynihan on Sunday warned all lawmakers that they may have been exposed to someone infected with coronavirus during the lockdown.
Moynihan wrote that “many members of the House community were in protective isolation in the Great Hall – some for several hours” on Wednesday as dozens of pro-Trump insurgents besieged the Capitol building.
He said “individuals may have been exposed to another occupant with coronavirus infection.” He did not reveal any details about the infected person, but it is believed to be a member of the House or a member of staff as the room was very small.
Video from inside the room, obtained by Punchbowl News, showed several Republican lawmakers not wearing masks – including Reps Andy Biggs (Arizona), Michael Cloud (Texas), Marjorie Taylor Greene (Georgia), Markwayne Mullin ( Oklahoma) and Scott Perry (Pennsylvania).
Democratic Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester of Delaware, who was walking around handing out masks, repeatedly asked members of the maskless group to take one, but they dismissed her.
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Lawmakers at the house who were brought to safety when a violent mob of Donald Trump supporters stormed the Capitol were filmed bickering over masks as they hid in a safe room.
The video showed several Republican lawmakers wearing no masks – including Reps Andy Biggs (seated right), Marjorie Taylor Greene (left) and Markwayne Mullin (center)
Representatives Andy Biggs, Michael Cloud and Scott Perry (seated, left to right) have been identified among Republican lawmakers who have refused to wear masks.
Dozens of House members were taken to the secure location after pro-Trump insurgents stormed the Capitol on Wednesday (pictured). On Sunday, Capitol Hill attending physician Brian Moynihan announced that House lawmakers had been exposed to someone with COVID-19 while in the safe.
News of lawmakers exposed to the virus comes amid fears Wednesday’s riots could turn into a major super-spread event as most attendees were maskless
Many members of Congress – but not all – have already received at least the first of two doses of coronavirus vaccines, after they were made available to them just before Christmas. Some congressional staff also received the vaccine.
News of lawmakers exposed to the virus comes amid fears that Wednesday’s riots could turn into a major super-spread event, as most attendees were seen without a mask.
The U.S. daily COVID-19 toll topped 4,000 for the first time the day after the riots, but experts say it could be up to two weeks before the true transmission effects of the incident become obvious.
Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warned Friday: “You have to expect this to be another peak event. “
“Then these people are all going in cars, trains and planes going home all over the country right now,” Redfield added. “So I think it’s an event that will probably lead to a big spread event.
Members of Congress rush to evacuate the chamber as protesters attempted to enter on Wednesday
Trump is now facing impeachment after inciting supporters who gathered near the White House before marching to the Capitol.
The House could vote on impeachment in a few days, less than two weeks before the inauguration of Democratic President-elect Joe Biden on January 20.
A Capitol Police officer died after being hit in the head with a fire extinguisher as rioters descended on the building and many other officers were injured.
A California woman was shot dead by Capitol Hill police and three others have died after medical emergencies during the chaos.
Authorities on Sunday announced the death of a 51-year-old Capitol police officer.
Two people familiar with the matter said the officer’s death was apparent suicide.
Officer Howard Liebengood had been assigned to the Senate Division and had served the ministry since 2005. He is the son of a former Senate Sergeant-at-Arms.
It was not clear if his death was linked to the events of Wednesday.
Officials were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
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