Attorney General Merrick Garland has tested positive for COVID-19
- Attorney General
Merrick Garlandrequested the COVIDtest after learning of his possible exposure.
- Garland had attended the annual
Gridiron Dinnerdays earlier in downtown Washington.
Attorney General Merrick Garland tested positive Wednesday for
Garland, 69, requested the test after learning he might have been exposed, the
"In accordance with CDC guidelines, the Attorney General will isolate at home for at least five days. He will work virtually during this period and will return to the office following a negative test for the virus. The department will conduct contact tracing in accordance with CDC protocols," the Justice Department said.
Garland's positive test comes just days after he attended the Gridiron Dinner, an annual gathering of politicians, journalists, and government officials that has gone down as a potential superspreader event.
Earlier on Wednesday, Commerce Secretary
At a press conference earlier Wednesday, Garland was unmasked as he announced charges against the Russian oligarch Konstantin Malofeyev and detailed how the Justice Department was assisting with the international efforts to examine possible war crimes committed in Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
"The world sees what is happening in Ukraine. The Justice Department sees what is happening in Ukraine," he said.
Garland specifically referenced the photographs of Ukrainian civilians killed in Bucha, a town near Kyiv. The images drew a fierce, immediate international outcry, prompting President
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