The Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Richard Burr (R-NC) has proven to be as corrupt as the day is long, which goes a long way to explaining why Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has put him in that leadership position.
Under Burr’s guidance the SSCI has served as the firewall that prevents honest administrators from being given a floor vote for positions within the intelligence community.
It was Burr’s refusal to move President Trump’s nominee for DNI, John Ratcliffe (R-TX), to the floor of the Senate for a confirmation vote. Here’s why…
Working with Devin Nunes on the House Intelligence Committee, Ratcliffe knows the entire story behind the attempted coup of President Trump… and that includes the role played by members of the SSCI.
Now NPR has reported:
The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee warned a small group of well-connected constituents three weeks ago to prepare for dire economic and societal effects of the coronavirus, according to a secret recording obtained by NPR...
“… There’s one thing that I can tell you about this: It is much more aggressive in its transmission than anything that we have seen in recent history,” he said, according to a secret recording of the remarks obtained by NPR. “It is probably more akin to the 1918 pandemic.”
Burr denies that he relied on that same insider information when he dumped a significant portion of his investment portfolio in a series of 33 transactions.
Burr’s denial runs counter to reality. As chairman of the SSCI he was receiving daily updates on the potential severity of what has turned into a global pandemic. The senator wants us to think he wasn’t influenced by that information… please.
Burr: “I relied solely on public news reports to guide my decision regarding the sale of stocks on February 13th. Specifically, I closely followed CNBC’s daily health and science reporting out of its Asia bureaus at the time.”
“Understanding the assumption many could make in hindsight however, I spoke this morning with the chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee and asked him to open a complete review of the matter with full transparency,”
My statement in response to reports about recent financial disclosures: pic.twitter.com/J4kye5a4ok
— Richard Burr (@SenatorBurr) March 20, 2020
Yeah, that’s the ticket… When’s the last time you heard of the Senate Ethics Committee censuring a senator let alone removing one? Another corrupt committee whose members are held in check by the compromise the SSCI holds on every one of them.
Breitbart News senior contributor and Government Accountability Institute president Peter Schweizer, who has conducted years of research compiling evidence of the abuse of power by our elected officials, said Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) should resign over his actions:
“The Senator Burr example is particularly egregious. I’ve exposed corruption involving Republicans and Democrats for more than a decade, and this is really one of the worst situations.
“Bottom line: Senator Burr who in 2018 his net worth was around 1.7 million dollars essentially got briefings from federal officials saying how bad this pandemic was going to be and then over the course of the next couple days had 33 sale transactions of stock, representing at least, if not more of a half of his entire net worth.
“The point being you know he was not being bashful here. He was basically selling just about everything that he could sell. One week later, his stock portfolio would have been down 30% had he held that stock.” (H/T Breitbart)
If Burr refuses to resign, his case should be referred to the Justice Department or the SEC where there’s at least a chance for impartial adjudication.