Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren has spoken out to demand a federal investigation be opened to look into if Donald Trump gave advance notice of the planned assassination of Iran’s Gen. Qasem Soleimani to stock traders, who were at Mar-a-Lago on Christmas break and possibly profited illegally from the information.
Warren put her request in writing in a letter dated Monday, January 13. The letter was addressed to the chairmen of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission.
In the letter, Warren cited an article published by The Daily Beast that reported that guests at Mar-a-Lago had stated that days before the January 3 drone strike Trump had bragged about a “big” response to Iran that he said would take place “soon.”
“If this report is true, it raises a number of troubling national security questions regarding President Trump’s handling of classified and other sensitive national security information,” Warren wrote.
The letter was also signed by Sen. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland. Hollen is a member of the Senate subcommittee that oversees securities and investments.
Both Warren and Hollen wrote that Trump’s Mar-a-Lago guests may have obtained “confidential market-moving information and had the opportunity to trade defense industry stocks or commodities or make other trades based on this information.”
Both senators pointed out that the defense stocks rose steeply between the announcement of the drone attack and the close of trade on Jan. 3.
“We have no way of knowing which individuals received information from President Trump in advance of the attack, what precise information they received and when they received it, or whether they may have made any securities or commodities trades based on that information,” the senators wrote.
There is a federal law in place that bars that trading stocks based o nonpublic information. The senators have requested a briefing by February 13 on the matter. They have also requested that the situation be investigated.
The White House has not responded to Warren’s request.