Federal agents on Wednesday night executed a search warrant on the home of Republican Senator Richard Burr (N.C.) as part of the Justice Department’s investigation into controversial stock trades he made as the coronavirus first struck the U.S., the LA Times reports
During the search, agents seized a cellphone belonging to the prominent Republican senator, The LA Times reported, citing a law enforcement official.
Sen. Burr, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, turned over his phone to agents after they served a search warrant on the lawmaker at his residence in the Washington area, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss a law enforcement action.
The seizure represents a significant escalation in the investigation into whether Burr violated a law preventing members of Congress from trading on insider information they have gleaned from their official work.
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