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Justice Brett Kavanaugh tests positive for COVID ahead of first in-person Supreme Court session

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01.10.2021

Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh tested positive for COVID ahead of fellow Justice Amy Coney Barrett's formal swearing-in ceremony, the court said Friday.

Kavanaugh, who has been fully vaccinated since January, tested positive for COVID ahead of Barrett's investiture, the court said in a news release. He has no symptoms and his wife and daughters, who are also fully vaccinated, tested negative. But the family did not attend the Friday ceremony as a "precaution."

Barrett, who was confirmed on a straight party-line vote to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg just a week before the 2020 election — at the time, the Senate had a 52-48 Republican majority — had her formal swearing-in delayed by nearly a year as a result of the pandemic. More than two dozen people who attended former President Donald Trump's announcement of her nomination last fall later tested positive. Barrett herself reportedly tested positive for COVID last summer before her nomination.

All nine justices are scheduled to hold their first in-person session on Monday, but it's unclear if Kavanaugh will attend. Arguments will not be open to the public but the court will provide a live audio feed. The justices have been holding conference........

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