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

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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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Trump Spent Memorial Day Tweeting About Golf, Comparing Himself To Obama And Threatening a Democratic Governor

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President Donald Trump spent most of the Memorial Day on Twitter defending himself from charges that he was golfing as the U.S. neared the horrific 100,000 coronavirus death milestone.

Trump, who frequently attacked then-president Barack Obama for golfing, has spent more than $130 million in taxpayers’ money on golfing trips. And he couldn’t take the heat after the campaign of presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden released an ad pointing out his golfing trip as the COVID-19 death toll mounts.

On Sunday, he responded to the ad, comparing himself (favorably, of course) to Obama:

On Monday, Memorial Day, he jumped on Twitter again, this time blaming the “truly deranged” media for supposedly elevating the story. “[Obama] also played moments after the brutal killing by ISIS of a wonderful young man,” Trump said. “Totally inappropriate – and it was me who shattered 100% of the ISIS Caliphate. I was left a MESS!”

Trump also threatened to pull the Republican National Convention from Charlotte, citing North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s “shutdown mood” and noncommitment to saying whether or not a convention for tens of thousands of people in the state’s largest city will be able to take place in August.

Aside from defending his hobbies, Trump’s Memorial Day weekend of tweeting included retweeting several posts by a former congressional candidate with a history of making racist and sexist remarks about black women.

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