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U.S. Senator Richard Burr sold between $600 thousand and $1.7 million shares of corporations just before the coronavirus hit the U.S. He had been informed of the likely devastation of the virus on the United States during a congressional committee, told this same story to a group of wealthy campaign donors, and told the rest of us we had nothing to worry about, that the coronavirus was not a big deal.

According to Propublic.com, “Before his sell-off, Burr had assured the public that the federal government was well-prepared to handle the virus. In a Feb. 7 op-ed that he co-authored with another senator, he said “the United States today is better prepared than ever before to face emerging public health threats, like the coronavirus.”

Perhaps not so mysteriously, Richard Burr was not the only member of his family to sell off a significant portion of his stock holdings in February, ahead of the market crash spurred by coronavirus fears. On the same day Burr sold, his brother-in-law also dumped tens of thousands of dollars worth of shares. The market fell by more than 30% in the subsequent month.

Burr’s brother-in-law, Gerald Fauth, who has a post on the National Mediation Board, sold between $97,000 and $280,000 worth of shares in six companies — including several that have been hit particularly hard in the market swoon and economic downturn.

According to Propublica, “A person who picked up Fauth’s phone on Wednesday hung up when asked if Fauth and Burr had discussed the sales in advance.

In 2017, President Donald Trump appointed Fauth to the three-person board of the National Mediation Board, a federal agency that facilitates labor-management relations within the nation’s railroad and airline industries. He was previously a lobbyist and president of his own transportation economic consulting firm, G.W. Fauth & Associates.”

Burr was accused of insider trading and even FoxNews called for his resignation.

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