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Tucker Carlson calls on Burr to resign amid reports of stock selloff

Conservative Fox News host Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonHow critical race theory became today's defining culture-war issue Tucker Carlson on running for president: 'I guess if like I was the last person on Earth' New York Times: Tucker Carlson a source for many journalists MORE called on Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrBill ending federal unemployment supplement passes North Carolina legislature Burr on 'unusual' Trump endorsement in NC Senate race: 'I can't tell you what motivates him' Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting MORE (R-N.C.) to resign after reports that he sold off millions in personal stocks the week before the stock market began its steep dive amid fears of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Burr, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, reportedly offloaded between $582,029 and $1.56 million of stock on Feb. 13 in almost 30 different transactions days after lawmakers on the Intelligence Committee were briefed on the virus. 

“He didn’t give a prime-time address, he didn’t go on television to sound the alarm,” Carlson said, pointing out that Burr wrote an op-ed days earlier with a much less dire message about the impact of the virus on U.S. life. 

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Carlson then called for Burr's resignation and prosecution for his actions. 

“Maybe there’s an honest explanation for what he did; if there is, he should share it with the rest of us immediately,” Carlson said in a Thursday night segment on Fox News. “Otherwise, he must resign from the Senate and face prosecution for insider trading.”

“There is no greater moral crime than betraying your country in a time of crisis, and that appears to be what happened,” he added. 

The report comes as Burr drew considerable criticism earlier on Thursday when NPR obtained an audio recording from Feb. 27 in which the North Carolina senator privately warned a group of constituents that the coronavirus outbreak was "akin to the 1918 pandemic."