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"Optics is reality in politics, and we all know that." @GeorgePapa19  weighs in on the insider trading allegations against Senators Richard Burr and Kelly Loeffler: "From an optics standpoint, this is very damning on their behalf."

One lawmaker: “That just reeks of complete self-interest.” A new bill proposes prohibiting congresspeople from owning individual stocks. But is Burr being targeted for his Russia-inquiry evenhandedness?

Also Cornyn defended Sen. Burr and his stock trades, saying "this emerging pandemic was not exactly a secret" Said Burr was right to ask for ethics investigation. That innuendo (re: Loeffler as well) is not helpful. Let folks investigate. (h/t today's pooler @marianne_levine  )

Senator Loeffler's COVID-Related Stock Trades Looking Even Worse, While Feds Start Investigating SenatorBurr's

The wide outrage in Congress over Senator Burr's stock dump hasn’t died down—and could have consequences for both Burr and how congresspeople can manage their financial assets

FBI reaches out to Sen. Burr over stock sales tied to virus #rpolitics 

The Justice Department is looking into statements made by Senate Intelligence Committee ChairmanBurr'>Richard Burr around the time he sold off a large amount of stocks before the markets crashed due to the coronavirus.

Sen. Burr's Stock Trade Argument May Not Hold Water With SEC via @ThinkAdvisor 

Sen. Burr's Stock Trade Argument May Not Hold Water With SEC via @ThinkAdvisor 

Milbank: Senate Republicans knew the coronavirus danger. Burr'>Richard Burr while saying publicly that we were “better prepared than ever,” was spooked enough to sell off stock worth as much as $1.7 mln in mid-Feb and is now under DOJ investigation. @senatemajldr 

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WOW. Soon after he offered public assurances that the government was ready to battle coronavirus, Senate Intelligence Committee ChairmanBurr'>Richard Burr sold off between $582,029 and $1.56 million of his holdings on Feb. 13 in 29 separate transactions.

NEW: After assuring the public about the government's coronavirus preparedness, Senate Intel chair Burr'>Richard Burr, in one day, sold off up to $1.6 million is stock. A week later, the market began its fall. His committee was receiving daily briefings.

So, to review, Burr'>Republican Senator Richard Burr warned only his rich constituents about the severity of coronavirus, then sold $1.5M in stocks right before the market nosedived, all while falling in line behind Trump and assuring the public everything was under control. A new low.

EXCLUSIVE: It's not just Burr. A second GOP senator dumped millions in stock after an all-senate coronavirus briefing.

Burr'>Richard Burr should not hold government office by Monday. He needs to resign today.

Highly respected Burr'>Senator Richard Burr, head of Senate Intelligence, said, after interviewing over 200 witnesses and studying over 2 million pages of documents, “WE HAVE FOUND NO COLLUSION BETWEEN THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND RUSSIA.” The Witch Hunt, so bad for our Country, must end!

Highly respected Burr'>Senator Richard Burr, Chairman of Senate Intelligence, said today that, after an almost two year investigation, he saw no evidence of Russia collusion. “We don’t have anything that would suggest there was collusion by the Trump campaign and Russia.” Thank you!

Burr'>Senator Richard Burr, The Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, just announced that after almost two years, more than two hundred interviews, and thousands of documents, they have found NO COLLUSION BETWEEN TRUMP AND RUSSIA! Is anybody really surprised by this?

Not only did Senator Burr’s Committee find No Collusion by the Trump Campaign and Russia, it’s important because they interviewed 200 witnesses and 300,000 pages of documents, & the Committee has direct access to intelligence information that’s Classified.

Both the Judge and the lawyer in the Paul Manafort case stated loudly and for the world to hear that there was NO COLLUSION with Russia. But the Witch Hunt Hoax continues as you now add these statements to House & Senate Intelligence & Burr'>Senator Burr. So bad for our Country!

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