FBI brokers reportedly seized the cellphone of a North Carolina senator Wednesday as a part of a Justice Division investigation into the lawmaker’s eyebrow-raising stock trades initially of the coronavirus disaster.
Sen. Richard Burr, the North Carolina Republican who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, handed over his telephone to the brokers after they served him with a search warrant at his Washington-area dwelling, an nameless official advised Yahoo Information.
The Justice Division started probing Burr’s stock transactions on the finish of March to gauge whether or not he violated a regulation stopping members of Congress from buying and selling on insider data they acquired by their jobs.
Burr had bought off $1.7 million in publicly traded shares every week earlier than the intensifying unfold of COVID-19 led the market to crash. He was amongst a handful of lawmakers who acquired confidential briefings on the virus from US well being officers.
Burr dumped his shares whereas publicly downplaying the dangers of the virus in media appearances and op-eds.
The senator has claimed his transactions have been based mostly solely on media stories and has invited the Senate Ethics Committee to assessment the sales.
Burr’s workplace declined to remark on the report Wednesday evening.