US Justice Department heaps pressure on tech giants over competition concerns

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Duncan Hunter of California faces accusations that include spending campaign funds for personal expenses, while Chris Collins of NY has been charged with insider trading.

On Aug. 8, Congressman Christopher Collins, a Republican who was candidate Trump's first supporter in the House, was charged with participating in an insider trading scheme involving an Australian biotechnology company on whose board he served.

Both lawmakers have pleaded not guilty.

"Democrats, none of whom voted for Jeff Sessions, must love him now", the president added in another tweet.

Calling the agency the "Jeff Sessions Justice Department" is the president's ultimate insult, Trump advisers say. "In fact, from a simple business perspective and to serve the public conversation, Twitter is incentivized to keep all voices on the platform", he said. It is not a solicitation to make any exchange in commodities, securities or other financial instruments.

It also raises fresh questions about whether President Donald Trump's own rhetoric may undercut the Justice Department's efforts. It's the most outrageous and damning proof of Trump's utter contempt for the rule of law to come directly out of his mouth. Holder pushed back, saying that as attorney general, he had a president he "did not have to protect".

President Donald Trump listens during a discussion for drug-free communities support programs, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, in Washington. Session was attacked by Trump in 2017 for his decision to recuse himself from probe into the Russian election interference.

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Spokesman Devin O'Malley said the attorney general had convened the meeting this month "to discuss a growing concern that these companies may be hurting competition and intentionally stifling the free exchange of ideas on their platforms". However, early on October, Papadopoulos pleaded guilty of having lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the Russia contacts he had and that he had been workinh hand to hand with Robert Mueller, who was a Special Counsel probe during the Russian meddling meeting which was held in 2016 which collided with the USA election and most probably colluded with Trump's campaign.

The deputy in turn appointed ex-FBI director Robert Mueller as special counsel to lead the inquiry, which the president has repeatedly called a "witch hunt". And Trump's former White House chief strategist, Steve Bannon, said last Wednesday that tech companies should be broken up.

The White House summoned the press pool about 10:30 a.m. for a road trip, and the president emerged from the White House 10 minutes later rocking a red polo shirt, dark trousers and a white MAGA hat. "Only prosecute Democrats, '" Leahy said.

Contributing: Kevin Johnson in Washington, D.C.

"What we're concerned about is how Twitter has in some ways it looks like selectively, adversely affected conservatives", Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., said at the House hearing.

USA political scientist and columnist Brian Klass called Mr Trump's outburst "insane".