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After FBI Seizes His Cell Phone, Sen. Richard Burr Steps Down As Intelligence Committee Chairman



Republican Sen. Richard Burr (N.C.) is stepping down as chairman of the influential Senate Intelligence Committee after federal agents executed a search warrant at his home and confiscated his cell phone, as reported by The Los Angeles Times.

Burr is under investigation for stock trades he made ahead of the market downturn sparked by the coronavirus pandemic.

CNN also reported that Burr “contacted” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell this morning to inform him of “his decision to step aside as Chairman of the Intelligence Committee during the pendency of the investigation.”

“We agreed that this decision would be in the best interests of the committee and will be effective at the end of the day tomorrow,” McConnell said, according to CNN.

The FBI served Burr with a search warrant and seized a cell phone belonging to the North Carolina Republican on Wednesday as part of the FBI’s investigation into lawmaker stock trades.

This story is a developing story.

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If You Thought Kamala Harris Was Tough On Brett Kavanaugh, Just Wait Until She Debates Mike Pence



Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Tuesday selected Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) as his running mate. Following the news of Biden’s selection, MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace called into her network while on vacation to point out that Harris will mop the floor with Vice President Mike Pence during debates.

“The other piece of reporting I’ve picked up in the past week was from the Trump team, that from their viewpoint, because Donald Trump has no capacity to understand that this is the selection of a person to run the government with the president, he only saw this in terms of casting for the night of primetime coverage that is the vice presidential debate, and this was the pick that scared them the most,” Wallace told MSNBC’s Brian Williams.

“They thought she would more than go toe-to-toe with [Mike] Pence, they thought she could chew him up and spit him out and pointed to her cross-examination of one Bill Barr,” she explained.

“I don’t know that there’s a better debater or questioner on the political field right now,” Wallace said. Her skill-set is unmatched in terms much being able to articulate an argument, to patiently wait to make her point and look at the argument that the democratic ticket has to make.”

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