May 14, 2020 / 4:34 PM / 19 days ago

Search warrant served on Senator Burr's attorney over stock trades - official

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) listens to testimony during the Senate Committee for Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response, in Washington, U.S., May 12, 2020. Toni L. Sandys/Pool via REUTERS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI served a search warrant to Senator Richard Burr’s attorney in connection with the stock trades that Burr made in advance of a sharp market downturn triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, a senior Justice Department official confirmed on Thursday.

The official said the FBI did not conduct a raid, but paid a visit to the senator’s home to collect his cell phone, and that the warrant was obtained at the “highest levels” of the Justice Department.

Reuters could not immediately learn precisely when the search warrant was executed.

Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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