Burr remains the primary focus of insider trading probe


You three can leave, not so fast Dick:

The Justice Department has closed investigations into stock trading by Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California, Kelly Loeffler of Georgia and Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, according to people familiar with notifications sent to the senators. The senators came under scrutiny for transactions made in the weeks before the coronavirus sent markets downhill.

The developments indicate that federal law enforcement officials are narrowing their focus in the stock investigation to Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C, the former Senate Intelligence Committee chairman. Agents showed up at his Washington-area home about two weeks ago with a warrant to search his cellphone.

I have a theory about what is going on, backed up more by intuition than hard facts, so it's grain of salt time: Burr's last act as Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee was to turn over the report on Russian interference in the 2016 election to the intel community itself, so they could decide which parts need to be classified for national security purposes. The fact the DOJ is still holding onto Burr over the insider trading tells me they don't know what's in the report he turned over. Barr's move to exonerate Michael Flynn proves he doesn't give a rodent's posterior about actual crimes, and that he believes the DOJ's major function is to protect Trump. When the de-classified version of Burr's report comes out, he will either remain under investigation or that investigation will be dropped, depending on how bad the report makes Trump (or his pal Putin) look. Film at eleven.



You may be right...

but don't discount Trump's vindictiveness. It may well be that he's decided to go after Burr for what he's already done as chair of the intelligence committee and nothing will divert him from taking his pound of flesh. He doesn't have the kind of vendetta against Loeffler and she's likely to go down anyway come election night, thus proving Trump right about appointing her, which is all he cares about. There was so obviously no there there when it came to Feinstein and Inhofe that neither of them could be kept on the hook, and Trump doesn't want to get rid of Inhofe anyway. But Burr is a traitor as far as Trump is concerned and he does not allow traitors to get away from his wrath. My bet is that the investigation will drag on just long enough to ensure that nothing too damning comes out until September, so that he can force Burr to resign but keep the Senate seat in GOP hands.