It’s safe to say that Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-NY, who once tipped the scales at more than 300 pounds prior to getting bariatric surgery, may be a little worried about his risk factors for catching the coronavirus.
On Tuesday, the 73-year-old held a committee hearing to compel Attorney General William Barr to testify, despite Congress being otherwise closed in honor of the late Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., who lay in state nearby.
Nadler began the hearing about an hour late, saying he had been involved in a fender-bender.
Zooming it in from a remote location, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, continued the casual-Tuesday decorum breaches by allowing her phone to continue to ring while questioning Barr.
But the Democrat House leaders mostly held it together until after questioning by race-baiting Louisiana Rep. Cedric Richmond, when Nadler admonished three of his GOP colleagues for not wearing their masks in the socially-distanced chamber.
A flustered Nadler chided GOP Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Andy Biggs of Arizona and Mike Johnson of Louisiana, reminding them “to stop violating the rules of the committee, to stop violating the safety of members of the committee, to stop, um holding themselves out as not caring by refusing to wear their masks.”
After one of the congressmen asked Nadler, the committee chair, if it was permissible to drink coffee, Nadler curtly cut him off by replying “it is not permissible,” before pounding his gavel.
The chairman seemed to have no issues, however, as several Democrats not only ignored the face covering rule, but also breeched decorum by interrupting Barr as he tried to answer their questions.