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Richard Burr steps down as Senate committee chair over FBI investigation

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Burr’s cellphone seized overnight in inquiry into claims he used private coronavirus briefing to sell stocks before market plunge

A Republican US senator stepped down from a key committee leadership role in Congress on Thursday after his phone was seized overnight by investigators with a warrant looking into allegations that he used private briefings as inside information to dump shares before the market plummeted over the coronavirus crisis.

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