Tillis getting dragged into Burr mess?



Believe it or not, the one who appears to be doing the dragging is a Republican congressman known as a solid conservative and rock-solid Trump loyalist on Capitol Hill:


[…] On Friday, Burr spokeswoman Caitlin Carroll sent a statement from Burr on the stock selling.


“I relied solely on public news reports to guide my decision regarding the sale of stocks on Feb. 13,” Burr wrote. “Specifically, I closely followed CNBC’s daily health and science reporting out of its Asia bureaus at the time.


“Understanding the assumption many could make in hindsight however, I spoke this morning with the chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee and asked him to open a complete review of the matter with full transparency.” […]


Among the most vocal voices calling for Burr to step down is outspoken U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., one of President Trump’s fiercest defenders.


Gaetz tweeted Friday: “Crazy thought: instead of watching CNBC & then deciding to ‘get yours’ and sell off hotel stock, why not ‘go on’ TV and share your insights with all Americans?”


He also said Burr is getting favorable treatment by being allowed to stay as Senate Intelligence Committee chairman, compared with former Fla. Democratic Rep. Katie Hill, who resigned over having an inappropriate affair with a staffer.


“@SenatorBurr stays as Intelligence Chairman after screwing all Americans by falsely reassuring us w(ith) op-eds on #COVID while he dumped his stock portfolio early.”


Gaetz tweeted in response to U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., saying Burr owes North Carolinians an explanation that it was “such a low-energy establishment Senate response. “Self-referral” to “Senate Ethics” is the safe space where Senators can judge their own w/o real culpability.


“You, Senator Tillis, referring Burr to the DOJ (U.S. Justice Department) for prosecution would evidence a sincere concern for North Carolinians.”


Gaetz’ comments are being viewed with suspicion by some Democrats and never-Trump supporters.


Gaetz also tweeted “Worth noting that Chairman Burr was swampily complicit in dragging an innocent @DonaldJTrumpJr before Senate Intel time & time again.”


Those groups believe Gaetz is trying to force Burr’s removal as committee chairman as payback for Burr’s role in allowing the committee’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.


A Twitter comment comes from SomethingStinkshere: “(Burr) voted to subpoena Don Jr. Everyone cheering Tucker and Gaetz don’t realize they have been after Burr for a while for not being sufficiently loyal to the president.”