White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Tuesday that President Donald Trump is consulting with the Justice Department about the US government’s antitrust lawsuit against Google.
Kudlow told reporters that the president is consulting with the Ministry of Justice and his top aides, “because it is an issue that is important to study.”
He did not give details about Trump’s role.
On Tuesday, the US Department of Justice filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google, which is owned by Alphabet.
Justice USA claimed that the trillion-dollar company was using its market power to deter competitors, and said that nothing is excluded, including splitting the internet search and advertising company.
The lawsuit, involving 11 states, is the largest antitrust case in three decades, is matched only by the lawsuit against Microsoft in 1998 and the case in 1974 against AT&T that led to the dismantling of Bell Systems.
The lawsuit alleges that Google acted illegally to maintain its position in Internet search activities and ads, and said that “without a court order, Google will continue to implement its non-competitive strategy, hinder the competition process, reduce consumer choices and undermine innovation.”
The lawsuit stated that Google has nearly 90 percent of all public inquiries on search engines in the United States, and about 95 percent of searches via phones.