May 14, 2020 / 4:32 PM / 21 days ago

Senate Intelligence Committee chairman stepping down during stock sale investigation

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Chairman Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) listens to questioning during the Senate Intelligence Committee nomination hearing for U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX), on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 5, 2020. Gabriella Demczuk/Pool via REUTERS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Senator Richard Burr will temporarily step aside as chairman of the intelligence committee, effective at the end of Friday, during a federal investigation into whether he sold shares ahead of a market plunge tied to the coronavirus pandemic, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday.

“Senator Burr contacted me this morning to inform me of his decision to step aside as Chairman of the Intelligence Committee during the pendency of the investigation. We agreed that this decision would be in the best interests of the committee and will be effective at the end of the day tomorrow,” McConnell said in a statement.

Reporting by Lisa Lambert; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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