WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When Democrats take control of the US House, they plan to investigate an attempt by Trump to block AT & T Inc (Reuters)T.N) from getting Time Warner and whether officials tried to punish Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) by asking the US Post Office to increase postal fees for the world's largest e-commerce company, a senior Democrat and congress adviser said on Sunday.
The AT & T logo is displayed in Pasadena, California, USA on January 24, 2018. REUTERS / Mario Anzuoni
As for Axios on-line, representative Adam Schiff, who is expected to be the new chairman of the Intelligence Service, said the Democrats would examine Trump's use of federal government powers to punish companies.
Representative Elijah Cummings, probably the upcoming Chairman of the Government Supervisory Committee and Government for Reform, said the committee "would like to look at it" if the White House were to arrest the Amazon and AT & T.
The House Supervisory Committee and the government for government reform said on Sunday that the committee "has already investigated these issues, but the Trump government has not met our demands yet, and we expect to change now when we are in most."
Cummings also told ABC "This Week" that he intends to investigate whether Trump has killed intentions to relocate the new FBI headquarters because it could damage his business interests at the Trump Hotel across the street.
In September, Cummings asked the White House and Trump for documents that Trump had "failed to properly report debts and payments to" personal lawyer Michael Cohen "for silencing women who had been charged with extra-marital affairs before the election.
Another committee advisor said on Sunday, "the requested information was not provided because we were in a minority, and that should change when we're in most." Cohen believed in August that he had committed eight crimes.
After the victorious control of the House of Representatives in the interim elections last week, the Democrats promised to launch investigations on a wide range of Trump governance issues.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos privately owns the Washington Post, while Time Warner's holdings include CNN. Trump has occasionally fired both stores due to critical coverage.
"She is very responsible for finding out," Schiff told Axios in an interview that will take place on Sunday at HBO.
Schiff said Trump "secretly met the postmaster (general) in an attempt to penetrate the postmaster into the increase in postage rates on the Amazon … It seems to be the President's attempt to use state power tools to punish Jeff Bezos and the Washington Post," Schiff said.
It is unclear which committees can examine corporate affairs because the Schiff Intelligence Committee would not have oversight. Speaker Schiff declined another comment.
AT & T and Amazon.com declined to comment on Sunday. The White House did not immediately comment.
Trump has repeatedly complained that Amazon does not pay the US postal service a fair delivery rate. Trump said without proof that US taxpayers cost billions of dollars and threatens to increase the company's postage rates.
Trump opposed AT & T-Time Warner as a candidate and repeatedly attacked CNN, and last week the presidential card of CNN's White House was suspended.
The Department of Justice calls on federal judges to approve Time Warner's acquisition of $ 85.4 billion.
With a split vote in parliamentary elections last week, Democrats are planning a cautious approach. Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi told CBS "Face the Nation" that the Democrats would not "conduct any investigation for a political purpose but seek the truth."
Cummings promised a "methodical" approach to accessing investigations. "I do not intend to hand over the summons, as if someone had handed out candy to Halloween," said Cummings.
Reporting by David Shepardon and Sarah N. Lynch, Additional News from Ginger Gibson Editor Lisa Shumaker and Sandra Maler