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Senators sell stock before coronavirus hits

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Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina is asking for the Senate ethics committee to review his stock transactions after coming under fire for selling a large amount of stock before concerns about the coronavirus sent the U. S. markets plunging he is one of four U. S. senators who made large stock sales shortly before the market started to tank Skyler Henry has the latest from Capitol Hill read about the senator Richard Burr of North Carolina sold between six hundred thousand and one point seven million dollars worth of stock in late January and mid February about a week before the U. S. markets started to slide and as lawmakers started to get daily briefings about the growing health crisis in Asia the sales came around the same time that the Republican who chairs the Senate intelligence committee wrote an op ed assuring Americans the U. S. was prepared to deal with the pandemic and also spoke to a small group warning of severe consequences otherwise serving a fox news host Tucker Carlson golden bird to either explain himself or resign there is no greater moral crime than betraying your country in a time of crisis on Twitter Thursday Burr said Americans were already being warned in his message was to be prepared George's junior Republican senator Kelly Locklear who is married to the New York Stock Exchange chairman sold off hundreds of thousands of dollars in stock starting in late January on Twitter she said her transactions were made by advisers and she wasn't even aware of them until weeks later the stock act prohibits members of Congress from profiting off of information they glean as part of their jobs but there is no evidence the senators had any inside information to other senators Democrat Dianne Feinstein of California and Republican Jim in half of Oklahoma also sold large amounts of stock around the same time Skyler Henry CBS news

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