“Is it permissible to drink a sip of coffee?” one of the members asked.
“It is not permissible,” replied Nadler.
In a tweet, Nadler wrote, “I want to wish @replouiegohmert a full & speedy recovery. When individuals refuse to take the necessary precautions it puts everyone at risk. I’ve regularly instructed all Members to wear their masks and hope this is a lesson by all my colleagues.”
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer ripped Gohmert and some of his GOP colleagues for frequently not wearing masks in the Capitol.
“Too many Republicans have continued to act extraordinarily irresponsibly, including Louie Gohmert. Louie Gohmert ought to quarantine himself right now,” Hoyer told reporters.
Hoyer added that requiring lawmakers to be regularly tested for the virus should be discussed anew on Capitol Hill.
Connie Hair, Gohmert’s chief of staff, declined comment. But after this article was published, Gohmert told his aides in person that he had been infected.
Another aide later emailed POLITICO a “thank you for letting our office know Louie tested positive for the Coronavirus.”
“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,'” the aide added. “When probing the office, you might want to ask how often were people berated for wearing masks.”
Kyle Cheney, Josh Gerstein, Heather Caygle, Sarah Ferris and Max Cohen contributed to this report.