By KIMBERLEE KRUESI, Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn maintained Tuesday that she regularly wears masks after being photographed without a face covering at a recent White House event where multiple attendees have since tested positive for the coronavirus.
The Tennessee Republican was at the White House on Sept. 26 when President Donald Trump announced the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett. She attended as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is set to begin the confirmation hearing next week.
Those present were largely outdoors, but they sat shoulder to shoulder with barely a mask in sight — including Blackburn. Several participants later said they tested positive for the virus, ranging from President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, some senators and the president of the University of Notre Dame.
“I had my mask on. I had worn it over there when