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

Sen. Richard Burr (Photo: WWAY)

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.

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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.