AJC: Loeffler Won’t Answer Whether FBI Contacted Her Over Stock Trades

May 14, 2020

After dodging reporters and refusing to give straight answers, Georgia’s senators still won’t say whether they’ve talked to the FBI

ATLANTA — In a new piece from the AJC’s Tia Mitchell, unelected “political mega-donor” Senator Kelly Loeffler still refuses to give a clear answers about whether or not the FBI has approached her over her coronavirus stock trading after news of the FBI’s search warrant for Senator Richard Burr. Mitchell also notes in her report that Perdue did not answer “whether he or his representatives had been contacted by investigators.”

Both Perdue and Loeffler have avoided answering questions or calling for a Senate Ethics Committee investigation of their “unseemly” trading. Instead, each has tried to shift blame and deflect Georgians’ questions as new developments continue to emerge in their stock trading scandals.

Read the latest on Perdue and Loeffler’s refusal to answer basic questions:

AJC: Loeffler avoids answering if FBI probe of stock sales reached her

  • Georgia U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler would not say Thursday whether she has been contacted by the FBI in connection with an investigation into stock trading during the pandemic that has prompted one top senator to step down from a key committee.
  • Loeffler is one of several senators whose trades have been questioned. U.S. Sen. Richard Burr announced Thursday that he was stepping down as chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday night that federal agents used a search warrant to seize a cellphone Burr owned and had also asked Apple to provide access to his iCloud account.
  • Loeffler’s team did not say whether she, her husband or their representatives had been questioned by investigators or served with any subpoenas.
  • Georgia’s other U.S. senator, David Perdue…also did not respond to the AJC’s questions about whether he or his representatives had been contacted by investigators.
  • His financial reports showed that transactions made on his behalf increased at the same time that the virus was spreading and the markets became volatile. Perdue’s advisers also purchased stocks in companies that stood to fare well during the pandemic, such as DuPont de Nemours, a chemical company that also makes personal protective equipment.

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