On his radio program this morning, Steve Bannon referred to NC Sen. Richard Burr as a “drunk.”
My guess is that Burr isn’t the only alcoholic making critical decisions about our country’s national security.
Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) is the ranking member of the Senate Intel Committee who announced he will be retiring at the end of his term. Lara Trump is rumored to be considering a run for the seat.
So…what else do we know about this drunkard?
His resignation came after the FBI served a search warrant at Burr’s Washington, DC, home Wednesday night in a probe of whether several stock trades he made after being briefed on the early outbreak of the coronavirus broke the law. Federal agents seized a cellphone belonging to Burr after serving the warrant, a law enforcement official told the LA Times.
It’s a significant escalation in the investigation of the Senate Intelligence Committee chair, who has had a fraught relationship with the president and was one of several senators whose pre-pandemic stock trades came under scrutiny.
For Burr, the saga began February 13, less than a week after Fox News published an op-ed he co-wrote reassuring the public that the US was well prepared for the pandemic. He and his wife then sold 33 stocks worth between $628,033 and $1.72 million. Those sell-offs included stocks in several industries that would later be hit hard by the pandemic, including hotel, restaurant, and shipping industries. The stock market tanked in late February and early March as states began issuing shelter-at-home orders and shuttering nonessential business operations in an attempt to prevent the spread of the virus.
As the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Burr reportedly received frequent briefings on the coronavirus outbreak in the days leading up to the stock sales. But after the news broke of his stock-selling, Burr tweeted on March 20 that he “relied solely on public news reports to guide my decision” to sell his stocks.