House Dems plan to investigate Trump targeting of CNN, Washington Post: report

After taking back control of the House, Democratic lawmakers are reportedly planning to launch an investigation into President Trump's attacks on some media outlets.

In a new interview with Axios, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said that it is "very squarely within our responsibility to find out" whether some of Trump's actions targeting CNN and The Washington Post are an abuse of White House power.

Schiff said that the panel is likely to look into Trump urging the postmaster general to double shipping rates for Amazon, which is owned by Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos.

"This appears to be an effort by the president to use the instruments of state power to punish Jeff Bezos and The Washington Post," Schiff told Axios.

Earlier this year, the Post reported that Trump met with Postmaster General Megan Brennan about raising Amazon's rates, despite counsel from close aides that Amazon is not responsible for the U.S. Postal Service's losses.

Schiff, the soon-to-be chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told the outlet that Congress will also examine whether Trump's efforts to block a merger between AT&T and Time Warner was an attempt to punish CNN.

Time Warner is CNN's parent company.

The Trump Justice Department cited anti-trust concerns in its attempts to block the merger, and denied that Trump's unhappiness with CNN's coverage was not influencing the battle over the merger.

Schiff's comments to Axios come amid increasingly heated tensions between Trump and the press. Last week, the White House revoked the White House hard pass of CNN's Jim Acosta after a heated exchange with Trump during a news conference in which the president lashed out at several reporters.