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Richard Burr asks Senate ethics panel to probe coronavirus stock trades

Sen. Richard Burr asked an ethics panel Friday to probe suspiciously timed stock trades he executed that have led to calls for his resignation. The North Carolina Republican said he requested a Senate Ethics Committee review of his sales of up to $1.7 million in shares on Feb. 13. Burr, who leads the Senate Intelligence Committee, was getting daily briefings around that time about the coronavirus threat before the disease sent global markets into a tailspin — timing that has led critics to accuse him of improperly enriching himself off a national crisis. “Understanding the assumption many could make in hindsight … I spoke this morning with the chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee and asked him to open a complete review of th ...