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The most baroquely partisan U.S. Attorney General since John Mitchell, if not ever, has made clear that he’s not the slightest bit interested in any wrongdoing on the part of any Republicans during this very sensitive time for his chief concern, the reelection of his boss, Donald Trump. But even Bill Barr can’t look at the very suspiciously timed trades of essentially the entire net worth of Sen. Richard Burr, saving the North Carolina Republican a suspicious quarter-million dollars or more just before the coronavirus pandemic he said was no big deal tanked the markets after Burr got some confidential briefings on said pandemic without saying, “Come on.”

The Justice Department is examining whether lawmakers traded ahead of the market turmoil caused by the coronavirus pandemic based on confidential briefings they received, according to a person familiar with the matter.

As part of that inquiry, the FBI has reached out to Sen. Richard Burr (R., N.C.), said the person….

“Senator Burr welcomes a thorough review of the facts in this matter, which will establish that his actions were appropriate,” said Ms. Fisher, who ran the Justice Department’s criminal division in the George W. Bush Administration.

Well, given who’s running the Justice Department right now—and the party affiliation of the North Carolina governor—we’re sure he does.

Justice Department Investigating Lawmakers for Possible Insider Trading [WSJ]



Bill Barr Has Figured Out How He’s Gonna Sweep Richard Burr’s Insider Trading Under The Rug

It is apparently unconstitutional to prevent senators from insider-trading on confidential information received as senators.


Why Does Sen. Richard Burr’s Brother-In-Law Worry Testifying Before The SEC Will Be Stressful?

Unless, you know, he and the less-the-esteemed gentleman from North Carolina did, you know, insider-trade.

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Trump Pardon Parade A Veritable Dealbreaker ‘Where Are They Now?’

Not in prison anymore, thanks to the Dear Leader’s last acts!


Goldman Said Sorry, Doesn’t Think It Should Have To Also Say ‘Guilty’

Also, isn’t a $2 billion fine for ripping a country off of $6.5 billion sort of excessive, when you think about it, Attorney General Barr?

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Bill Barr A Real Stickler For The Rules When It Comes To Weed Workers Filing For Bankruptcy

Maybe they should try obstructing justice on the president’s behalf, instead.


Turns Out You Can’t Trust Insider Traders To Not Insider Trade, Even If You Ask Nicely

Those inclined to do it are not inclined to be dissuaded by a pandemic-induced sense of everyone being in this together.