DOJ Antitrust Chief Tells Sens. Carmakers Probe Not 'Political'

Law360 (September 17, 2019, 9:04 PM EDT) -- The head of the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division insisted to lawmakers Tuesday that politics and President Donald Trump had nothing to do with an ongoing investigation into four automakers that struck an emissions standards deal with California regulators, arguing that the DOJ's sole focus is on "collusive conduct."

During a U.S. Senate oversight hearing, Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim had a particularly testy exchange with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., over the investigation the antitrust chief said would not have been launched if the companies individually announced that their cars would be adhering to stricter emissions standards.

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