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Republican senators who dumped stocks ahead of pandemic take withering fire from their own party

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Sen. Richard Burr asks ethics panel to review his stock sales CNBC's Eamon Javers reports on a new statement from Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) in which he says he made his decision to sell stocks by watching CNBC, not ...
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On Feb. 13, Burr sold stock in 30+ transactions, saving Burr considerable sums. After ProPublica's report came out, a Burr spokesperson's entire response was "lol.

Burr didn't deny he sold assets because he feared the effects of the coronavirus. He asked Ethics Committee to investigate, but that did nothing to mitigate political fallout. The most ominous remarks came from NC's GOP Thom Tillis, who said Burr "owes NC an explanation." Unusual to see a GOP senator take another to task; Tillis faces a tough re-election; the last thing he wants is Burr tainting him. 

Republican knives have remained in their sheaths, but Sen. Loeffler's ultra-conservative rival in this fall's primary, Rep. Doug Collins wrote: "People are losing their jobs, their businesses, their retirements, and even their lives and Kelly Loeffler is profiting off their pain? I'm sickened just thinking about it."

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