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Chair of Senate Intel Panel Steps Down Amid Inquiry

Richard Burr will leave post until investigation into his stock moves in pandemic is completed

(Newser) - Sen. Richard Burr is temporarily giving up his chairmanship of one of the most powerful Senate committees while the FBI investigates insider trading allegations, reports the Hill . The North Carolina Republican will step aside as chair of the intelligence panel as the investigation continues. Burr, who was privy to classified... More »

FBI Serves Search Warrant on Senator Who Dumped Stock

Richard Burr was privy to confidential coronavirus briefings at the time

(Newser) - One of the senators who sold off stock after confidential briefings on the coronavirus in early February is now under investigation by the FBI. The bureau served a search warrant on Richard Burr, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Wednesday, per the Los Angeles Times . The North Carolina Republican asked... More »

Senator's Virus Stock Trades Under Federal Inquiry

Justice Department is investigating Richard Burr's financial moves

(Newser) - A senator's well-timed stock selloff before the coronavirus crisis arrived in full is now the subject of a federal investigation. CNN reports that the Justice Department has begun an inquiry into the financial moves of Richard Burr. The North Carolina Republican chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, and he sold... More »

Senator in Growing Virus Scandal Responds

Richard Burr asks Senate Ethics panel to review his sale of stocks

(Newser) - One of the senators caught up in a quickly growing coronavirus controversy has asked the Senate Ethics Committee to look into his actions. Sen. Richard Burr is among lawmakers under fire for selling off a lot of their personal stocks just before the market began to tank. Burr in particular... More »

After Coronavirus Briefings, 4 Senators Dumped Stocks

Burr reassured public but privately gave dire warnings about pandemic

(Newser) - A number of senators who received briefings on the coronavirus outbreak earlier this year publicly offered reassurances that America was ready—and privately sold off large amounts of their stock holdings. Bloomberg puts the count at four members of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Coverage:
  • Chairman Richard Burr sold between $628,
... More »

New DC Flashpoint Centers on Trump Jr.

President's allies want GOP Sen. Richard Burr to drop his committee's subpoena

(Newser) - The newest point of friction in DC is the Senate Intelligence Committee's decision to subpoena Donald Trump Jr. The panel is conducting its own investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, and it wants the president's son to answer more questions. What sets this apart from the... More »

Eye on Nunes Chaos, Senate Vows to Chase Russia Intel

Senators vow a fair, bipartisan investigation into potential election tampering

(Newser) - The heads of the Senate Intelligence Committee set a ground rule before taking questions on their investigation into alleged Russian election interference: Don't ask about the increasingly chaotic House investigation. At a Wednesday press conference, Republican committee chairman Sen. Richard Burr and Democratic vice chair Sen. Mark Warner promised... More »

Top Senators Reject Trump Wiretap Claim

White House stands by accusation

(Newser) - The White House is standing by its explosive allegation that former President Barack Obama ordered the wiretapping of Trump Tower phones—despite the Senate Intelligence Committee's finding that there's no evidence for the claim. "Based on the information available to us, we see no indications that Trump... More »

GOP Senator Sorry for Clinton Shooting Joke

North Carolina's Richard Burr quipped about a 'bulls-eye'

(Newser) - Sen. Richard Burr, locked in a tight race in North Carolina, has apologized for remarks that got plenty of laughs from a crowd of Republican volunteers over the weekend. In audio obtained by CNN , Burr recounted seeing a picture of Hillary Clinton on the NRA's official magazine. "Nothing... More »

McCain: Let's Not Filibuster Chuck Hagel

Defense nominee nears confirmation

(Newser) - John McCain wasn't easy on Chuck Hagel during the defense secretary nominee's confirmation hearing—but it looks as though he and other Republicans are letting up. (After all, the two were friends before falling out.) McCain says he opposes a filibuster of Hagel's confirmation and will... More »

Senate Sends Insider Trading Bill to Obama

Congress approves weaker version of bill designed to police itself

(Newser) - The Senate today sent President Obama a scaled-down bill to explicitly ban members of Congress, the president, and thousands of other federal workers from profiting from nonpublic information learned on the job. In an unusual move, the legislation passed unanimously without a vote on the measure itself. Instead it passed... More »

GOP Senators Take Secret Afghanistan Trip

Mitch McConnell and crew return with praise for Obama's strategy

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell and a handful of other Senate Republicans took a secret trip to Afghanistan and Pakistan this weekend, announcing the trip only today—just before their return flight. The group, which included Lindsey Graham, Richard Burr, and freshmen Marco Rubio, Ron Johnson, Pat Toomey, and Kelly Ayotte, met with... More »

GOP Plans Stall Tactics for Health Bill Fight

Opponents hope long debate will force voters to 'understand this thing'

(Newser) - Lacking the votes for a filibuster and increasingly resigned to the fact that Democrats will stand united, GOP senators have a novel strategy to stall the health care reform bill: They’re going to stall it however they can. The Democratic plan “is inconsistent with the American people,”... More »

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