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Arizona Legislature closed this week after Giuliani exposes many legislators to COVID-19

The president's personal attorney exposed Republican legislators to COVID-19 when he came to town last week for "hearings" on "election fraud."

PHOENIX — The Arizona Legislature will be closed for a week after President Donald Trump's personal attorney may have exposed a score of legislators to COVID-19 during a visit last week.

Rudy Giuliani, the face of the administration's attacks on the election's security, was diagnosed with COVID-19 earlier Sunday, according to a tweet from Trump.

Giuliani visited Phoenix for a "hearing" on "election fraud" at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Phoenix last week. 

About 15 Republican members or members-elect of the Legislature attended the 11-plus-hour gathering. Only one wore a mask.

Michael Hunter, the chief of staff for the state House of Representatives, sent this email earlier today:

Members and Staff: Out of an abundance of caution for recent cases and concerns relating to COVID-19, the House building will be closed for one week, starting Monday, December 7. No one will have permission to work or meet in the building. All members and staff should perform all work and schedule all meetings remotely. Please stay tuned for more information.  

The state Senate first announced it would close earlier this afternoon and the House followed suit shortly after, a Senate spokesman said. 

The Capitol Times first reported the story earlier Sunday evening. The publication's Tweet included a picture of maskless legislators grouped around a maskless Giuliani.

This is a developing story. Please tune in to 12 News for the latest.

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