Senators probing Trump administration over Caterpillar probe

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Two democrat senators are questioning whether Democrats’ interference in the Trump AdministrationTrump Administration had hampered an investigation of heavy equipment manufacturer Caterpillar Inc. according to an announcement this week from the Senate Finance Committee'sSenate Finance Committee's chairman.The former attorney general William Barr, Caterpillar's former lawyer, ran the department while the investigation was underway.

The chair, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, D-Round, and Senator Ron Wyden, D-OR, wrote to the Department of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service. They cited a November report that the Caterpillar's probe was '' suspended while Barr was AG.The Senate letter asks for information about Caterpillar and another unrelated case in the universe.

Reuters has revealed that six days after Trump nominated Barr as head of the Justice Department in 2018, the investigative team in the active criminal probe of Caterpillar was told to take 'no further action" in the case, according to an email addressed by one of the agents.Barr said as AG that he would recuse himself from all Caterpillar matters.

In 2017, Caterpillar had been retained as a private lawyer to help resolve the ongoing federal investigation into allegations that it illegally routed some profits through a Swiss subsidiary.The company performed properly.

Caterpillar's press spokesperson did not immediately respond to a phone call and an emailed request for comment on Thursday.

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