Why Has Senator Richard Burr Grown a Bear? Plus, Meet Federal Judge Emmet Sullivan, Who Has the Michael Flynn Case

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from New York City, doesn’t own any stocks, to avoid conflicts of interest.


That said, the U S Senate has only one hundred members, so Sen. Schumer has declined for the time being to say anything negative about the decision of his Republican colleague from North Carolina, Richard Burr, to resign as Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Commitee, where, together with Ranking Member Mark Warner (D-Va.), he led the committee’s investigation into Russia’s interference in our 2016 presidential election.


Sen. Burr and his wife sold some valuable stocks before news of the extent of the dangers of COVID-19 became public, while he had access to confidential information about the virus (https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/14/politics/richard-burr-steps-down-intel-chairman/index.html).


Associate solitary reporter Melissa Smith, who covers Congress for us, spoke with North Carolina’s junior Republican senator, Thom Tillis, who’s up for re-election this year. Tillis told Smith on a Strict Need to Know basis that not only is Joe Biden certain to be elected President, but that his own seat is greatly in danger because of the multiple duplicities of Donald Trump.


In other news, we here at AP are closely following what the Honarable Emmet Sullivan, a Judge on the federal court in DC, is doing on the Michael Flynn case. Judge Sullivan, an African American man born, raised, and educated in the District of Columbia, is no stranger to controversial cases.