North Carolina Republican Sen. Richard Burr on Thursday announced that he would be stepping down as the chairman of the Senate Intelligence committee. His resignation from the post comes as the FBI investigation into stock market trades he made at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic is ramping up.
H/T: Just The News
"Senator Burr contacted me this morning to inform me of his decision to step aside as Chairman of the Intelligence Committee during the pendency of the the investigation," said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. "We agreed that this decision would be in the best interests of the committee and will be effective at the end of the day tomorrow."
McConnell: “Senator Burr contacted me this morning to inform me of his decision to step aside as Chairman of the Intelligence Committee during the pendency of the investigation. We agreed that this decision would be in the best interests of the committee“— Burgess Everett (@burgessev) May 14, 2020
🚨Senator Burr steps down as Intelligence chairman amid FBI probe over stock sales.— Peter Morley (@morethanmySLE) May 14, 2020
Sen. Richard Burr: "This is a distraction to the hard work of the committee and the members and I think the security of the country's too important to have a distraction."pic.twitter.com/fuP1865uVl
Trump on Richard Burr stepping down as intelligence chairman: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ pic.twitter.com/jWmgW2rnql— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 14, 2020
The politician hurt most by this move is not Burr, but Russian collusion hoaxer Sen. Mark Warner (D-Virginia), whom Burr inexplicably allowed to run the Senate Intel for the past 3 years. https://t.co/UTFTdzdf8I— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) May 14, 2020
NEW: Intel Chairman @SenatorBurr is giving up his role as Chairman effective end of day tomorrow.— Alex Miller (@AlexMillerNews) May 14, 2020
The FBI seized Burr's phone Wednesday in relation to an investigation about his stock sales amidst the #COVID19 outbreak. pic.twitter.com/ekLcHfO8jH