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

Sen. Richard Burr talks about foreign policy and sheds some light on the vice presidential...
Sen. Richard Burr talks about foreign policy and sheds some light on the vice presidential debate.
Updated: Mar. 31, 2020 at 8:59 AM EDT
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI has reached out to Sen. Richard Burr about his sale of stocks before the coronavirus caused markets to plummet.

That’s according to a person familiar with the matter who was not authorized to discuss it and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The outreach suggests the Justice Department may be looking to determine whether Burr exploited advance information when he dumped as much as $1.7 million in stocks in the days before the coronavirus wreaked havoc on the economy.

Burr has denied wrongdoing but has also requested an ethics review of the stock sales.

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