Sen. Josh Hawley praises probes into Google, Facebook

OAN NewsroomUPDATED 7:51 AM PT — Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Missouri Senator Josh Hawley is praising a multi-state investigation into Google and Facebook over possible antitrust violations. While speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Hawley said the probe is great progress and shows what happens when states take a stand.
The lawmaker’s comments come after 50 state attorneys general moved to investigate the Silicon Valley giants, alleging they have amassed too much market power and anti-competitive behavior.
Hawley said when he was Missouri’s attorney general, he received push-back from lawmakers and tech companies when he aimed to launch similar investigations.

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) is pictured. (Andrew Harnik/AP Photo)
“Google resisted us at every turn, you know, their public statement was ‘oh we’re cooperating fully,’ but cooperating fully meant resisting every document request…it meant hiring every attorney that they could find to try and stall us and delay,” he explained. “And that’s exactly what they’re going to do to the state attorneys general, that’s exactly what they’ve been doing to the United States Congress.”
Meanwhile, House lawmakers are ramping up their own anti-trust investigation into Silicon Valley giants.

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