The looming shake-up of Senate Republican chairmen

Senate Republicans are about to have a big shake-up. And all eyes are on Richard Burr.The North Carolina Republican, who gave up his Intelligence Committee chairmanship while under investigation for his stock trades amid the pandemic, is in line for the Senate health committee if he wants to take it. Current chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) is retiring and Burr is interested in the job, though has made no final decision, according to two people familiar with the situation. Burr’s office did not comment for this story.The FBI investigation into Burr’s stock trades is not expected to affect his ability to take the gavel at the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions panel. If he passes on it, the post would go to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a libertarian-leaning senator who has clashed with infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci over the government’s coronavirus response.The intrigue between Burr and Paul is just

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By Marianne LeVine and Burgess Everett

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