Trump slams ‘radical left’ giants of social media
President Trump slammed the giants of social media Saturday in a tweet that was a shot across the bow of Google — which may soon face a federal antitrust lawsuit.
“The Radical Left is in total command & control of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google,” Trump tweeted. “The Administration is working to remedy this illegal situation.”
The message came with a tweet featuring video of conservative commentator Michelle Malkin decrying tech censorship.
As if to prove Trump’s point, Twitter later removed the video of Malkin from their platform.
State and federal regulators are preparing to initiate antitrust proceedings against Google, arguing that its dominance online is undermining free-market competition on the web.
“We’ve issued [civil subpoenas] to Google and impacted third parties. We hope to have the investigation wrapped up by fall,” Texas AG Ken Paxton told The Wall Street Journal. “If we determine that filing is merited we will go to court soon after that.”
Hours later in his 43-post tweetstorm, Trump urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to “get tough and move quickly” in reaction to the expanding “Obamagate” scandal.
“Mitch, I love you, but this is 100% true,” the president posted over a tweet that scolded McConnell for dragging his feet on Senate investigations of Obama and his officials allegedly being behind widespread surveillance of the Trump 2016 campaign and transition team.
“The Dems are vicious, but got caught,” Trump continued. “They MUST pay a big price for what they have done to our Country.”
Trump is holed up at Camp David this weekend with Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and other House Republicans who have accused the Obama administration of abusing federal law-enforcement powers to conduct surveillance on Trump and his aides.
A bombshell letter naming top White House officials — including then-veep Joe Biden — who sought to “unmask” former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn confirmed the Republicans’ accusations, Nunes said this week.
“It’s even worse than this,” Nunes told Fox News Wednesday. “There were a whole lot of other Americans on the Trump transition team that were unmasked.”
Meanwhile, Congressional Democrats launched a formal investigation of Trump for his late-night firing of a government watchdog — because, they said, the official had opened a probe into Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
When Steve Linick, the State Department’s inspector general, was abruptly removed from his post Friday, Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, cried foul.
“This President believes he is above the law,” Engel said.
Linick’s probe involves allegations that Pompeo tasked an employee with performing personal services for himself and his wife, a Congressional aide told Politico.
Engel and Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, asked the administration Saturday to hand over documents related to Linick’s firing — as well as records from all of the cases that his office has been investigating.
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