Thursday, August 22, 2019

Exclusive–Jeff Landry: State Attorneys General ‘Have Had Enough’ of Big Tech - Breitbart News Network

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Exclusive–Jeff Landry: State Attorneys General ‘Have Had Enough’ of Big Tech

SEAN MORAN

Louisiana Attorney General (AG) Jeff Landry told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview Wednesday that many state attorneys general have “had enough” of big tech, and they will “take action” after significant investigations.

AG Landry spoke with Breitbart News as a Wall Street Journal report revealed that many state attorneys general could launch an antitrust investigation into America’s largest technology companies as soon as September. The report suggested that they could focus on whether these companies stifle competition by using their concentrated marketplace powers. The attorneys general would likely issue civil investigative demands, which act similarly to subpoenas, to tech giants and other companies.
Landry told Breitbart News that the attorneys general have had several bipartisan meetings, including meetings with the Department of Justice (DOJ), over issues regarding big tech. He also said that they met with Attorney General William Barr. The Louisiana Republican said that they will “take action” after gathering evidence against big tech.
“You know I would tell you that if everybody thinks it’s just saber-rattling, then they’re wrong,” Landry told Breitbart News. “At some point in time we believe when there’s smoke there’s fire, and at a timewhen we are able to gather evidence, we’re going to take action.”
Makan Delrahim, the assistant attorney general for the antitrust division at the DOJ, said Tuesday that “a couple of dozen states” are interested big tech for antitrust concerns.
Landry’s interview arises as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), as well as the DOJ, have launched their own antitrust investigations. The FTC continues to look into whether Facebook purchased WhatsApp or Instagram to prevent those companies from becoming competitors.
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Sean Moran is a congressional reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @SeanMoran3.