Report: FBI serves warrant on Burr in investigation of stock sale during coronavirus outbreak
Federal agents served a search warrant at the Washington, D.C., home of U.S. Sen. Richard Burr on Wednesday night as the investigation continued into stock trades that were made in the early stage of the coronavirus outbreak.Posted — Updated
WRAL News reached out via email late Wednesday to Caitlin Carroll, Burr’s communications director in the Senate, and to a spokesperson for Burr’s personal attorney, who has fielded questions about the investigation since shortly after news of the trades broke in March.
“We’ll decline to comment,” Carroll responded in an email also copied to the personal attorney’s spokesperson.
The move contrasted with some of Burr's public comments on the outbreak, including a Feb. 7 op-ed he co-authored, detailing the federal government's preparedness.
Among other things, The L.A. Times noted in its report Wednesday night that serving a warrant on a sitting U.S. senator wouldn't just take signoff from a judge, but approval from the highest ranks of the U.S. Department of Justice.
That analysis was echoed on social media by Preet Bharara, former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
"This is a very, very big deal," Bharara said on Twitter Wednesday night. "This is not something the FBI or DOJ does lightly. It requires layers of review, the blessing of a judge, and consideration of severe reputational harm to a sitting US Senator."
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