Democrats to open investigation into Trump's vicious attacks on CNN and Washington Post: report
CNN's Jim Acosta confronts Donald Trump at a press conference (Photo: screen grab)

According to a senior Democratic lawmaker, the newly-empowered party -- fresh off of taking the House in the midterm election -- plans to open an investigation into President Donald Trump's attacks on media outlets.

In an interview with Axios, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) claimed that it is “very squarely within our responsibility to find out” if  Trump’s attacks targeting CNN and the Washington Post are an abuse of White House authority and power.

According to the lawmaker, a Democratic-led panel plans to look into Trump's demand that the U.S. Post Office double shipping rates for online retailer Amazon -- also headed by 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 explained.

Schiff said his House Intelligence Committee will also examine Trump’s efforts to block a merger between AT&T and Time Warner to see if it is linked to his continuing battles with CNN -- which is owned by Time Warner.

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