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Rubio named acting chair of Senate Intelligence Committee

May 18, 2020 -

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell named Sen. Marco Rubio as acting chairman of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Rubio, a Florida Republican, has been a member of the committee, which oversees and studies the intelligence activities and programs of the United States Government.  The committee's chair, Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), temporarily stepped down from that post Friday afternoon. Burr is one of several U.S. senators under federal investigation for alleged insider trading leading up to the coronavirus pandemic. In April, the committee released a report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, concluding there was no reason to dispute the intelligence community's conclusion that Russia conducted an unprecedented, multi-faceted campaign to interfere with election, a news release said.

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