Adam Schiff Says Dems Plan to Probe if Trump Used Power to Punish Washington Post, CNN

Rep. Adam Schiff will soon be the House intelligence committee chair.

Speaking to Axios in an interview that aired on HBO on Sunday, he also said he and his fellow Democrats now plan to look at possible abuses of power by President Donald Trump, including probing the president’s alleged targeting of CNN and the Washington Post.

According to Schiff, once in control, Democrats plan to look at whether or not Trump abused his power by targeting the leading press organizations and using “the instruments of state power to punish the press.”

It is very squarely within our responsibility to find out,” Schiff said.

As for the Washington Post, Schiff says Dems would look at  “an effort by the president to use the instruments of state power to punish Jeff Bezos and the Washington Post,”  by trying to get the postmaster general to raise postal rates for Amazon in order to get back at Bezos, who owns both Amazon and WaPo.

He also said that an investigation needs to be launched into whether Trump tried to block AT&T’s merger to get back at CNN.

Democrats won back control in the last midterm and have said they plan to launch a number of probes into Trump’s actions.

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