The use of law-enforcement agencies for blatantly political purposes should be anathema in a healthy democracy. But President Donald Trump doesn’t agree, as evidenced by the announcement that the Justice Department has begun a baseless antitrust investigation of Ford, Honda, Volkswagen and BMW of North America.
An antitrust violation exists when companies work together in restraint of trade. Ford, Honda, Volkswagen and BMW have done nothing of this sort. Their alleged misdeed: agreeing in July to follow California’s standards on gas mileage targets — instead of the weaker rules sought by the Trump administration.
The good news is it seems unlikely the courts will accept the definition of antitrust as anything the president doesn’t like.