The FBI’s investigation of whether laws were broken by members of Congress who traded stock in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic saw its first casualty, when GOP Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina temporarily stepped down May 14 as chair of the Intelligence Committee.Burr took the action the day after the FBI seized his cellphone as part of its investigation into whether lawmakers who had sold stocks before the coronavirus pandemic tanked the stock market engaged in illegal “insider trading.”

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