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3.20.20

Cal Cunningham: Tillis’ Failure To Outright Condemn Burr’s Corruption Another Sign He Can’t Stand Up To His Own Party

If Burr Knew Enough On Feb. 13 To Sell $1.7 Million In Stocks, What Did Tillis Know And Why Weren’t Both Calling On Administration To Do More To Prepare?

Cunningham, Who Took On Cases Of Government Corruption As An Army Prosecutor, Said Department Of Justice, Securities & Exchange Commission Must Also Investigate Burr’s Stock Sales

RALEIGH, NC — Cal Cunningham, U.S. Senate candidate and former military prosecutor who took on cases of corrupt government contractors overseas, said today that Senator Tillis’ failure to outright condemn recent reports on Senator Richard Burr amounted to a defense of his behavior, and said a Senate Ethics Committee investigation is not enough.

“North Carolinians deserve real leadership, now more than ever. It’s concerning that Senator Tillis is so unwilling to stand up to his own party that he’s incapable of immediately condemning this kind of corrupt behavior—and we deserve answers as to why, at the same time Senator Burr was selling his stocks, neither of our Senators was ringing the alarm bell on the real public health threat coronavirus posed or calling on the Administration to take it seriously and do more to prepare,” said Cal Cunningham. “It’s not enough for the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate — the SEC and DOJ must also launch their own investigations into this behavior.” 

News reports last night said that after Burr “offered public assurances that the government was ready to battle the coronavirus, the powerful chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Richard Burr, sold off a significant percentage of his stocks, unloading between $628,000 and $1.72 million of his holdings on Feb. 13 in 33 separate transactions.”

Senator Burr sold the stocks on Feb. 13, indicating it was clear that America was heading toward a significant public health and economic crisis. If he and Senator Tillis knew we were headed toward disaster, why didn’t they inform the public of the virus’ full threat or call on the Administration to do more to prepare for the crisis?

Instead Tillis has been praising the Administration, saying the President “displayed decisive leadership” and that the Administration was “taking every step” to keep people safe.