Makan Delachim, head of antitrust at the Justice Department, admitted that officials had "wasted their time on such quarrels."
For Dracim and FTC Chairman Joe Simons, the Senate Judicial Committee antitrust panel hearing was a tough one, and they were criticized by lawmakers for overlapping investigations and other reasons.
Reuters and other media reported in June that the two regulators had identified their respective targets for investigation, and that the Ministry of Justice was responsible for targeting Google and Google.appleFTC focused on the investigation of Facebook and Amazon.
But shortly afterwards, the Justice Department said it was investigating some online platforms, which led some industry observers to question whether there would be overlap between the Justice Department's and FTC's investigations.
Mike Lee (Mike Lee), chairman of the hearing, said: "from the news reports, it seems that your two organizations are currently conducting antitrust investigations into the same company. I don't think the two institutions should split up the investigation of the same technology company. "
Lee asked Drashm and Simmons whether the process of deciding which agency to investigate which business -- formally known as the review licensing process -- had collapsed.
Simmons responded that, from the perspective of most things, the process did not collapse.
Lee said, "I see your answer as an affirmation that the process has collapsed."
Simmons responded, "I agree with that."
Antitrust law enforcement did not have the support of other Republicans in the group. Senator Josie Holly (Josh Hawley), a longtime critic of Google, attacked FTC for failing to take a stronger line against tech giants. "what I see in your organization is a paralyzed culture," he said.
Investigation of automobile manufacturers
Senator Amy Klobuchal (Amy Klobuchar) is the number one Democrat on the committee and a presidential candidate. She also urged Ms. Delachim to make a decision to investigate four U.S. carmakers, which the Justice Department believes could violate antitrust laws and discuss ways in which they negotiate emissions restrictions with California. The survey comes as the Trump administration fights the state over issues such as immigration and censuses.
Clobuchar said the regulatory investigation of car companies looked like "bullying".
"To be honest, the monopoly investigations conducted by these automakers are not so much to protect competition as to intimidate those who are inconsistent with the Trump government's plans to relax emission standards," she said.
In the face of Crobchal's doubts, Delahim repeatedly denied that the White House and the Justice Department had contacted or discussed automobile manufacturers or any other issues related to anti-monopoly.
"There's nothing wrong with some companies trying to come up with higher emission standards on their own," Draghim said. He pointed out that no conclusion had been reached on the investigation of automobile manufacturers.
Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy, the chief executive of the T-Mobile U.S. company's CEO, John Leere, has put pressure on the chief executive of the T-Mobile U.S. company, John Leere, who, during a number of previous Washington trips, Trump International Hotel in the vicinity of the Ministry of Justice.
In response, Delahim said: "My decision will not be affected by the hotel where any merger party stays."
In June, several senators asked the government whether the President intervened in the review process during the $26 billion merger review of T-Mobile and Sprint.
Clobuchar, Senator Cory Booker and Senator Elizabeth Warren all signed the inquiry letter. All three are candidates for the next president of the United States.
The Ministry of Justice approved the deal, but subsequently various combinations were blocked by appeal.