The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has closed an antitrust investigation into an auto emissions agreement between Ford, Volkswagen, Honda and BMW and California,media reported. The agreement reportedly “infuriated” President Trump. The report said the DOJ eventually concluded that the agreement did not violate any laws.
Mr. Trump has failed to overturn Obama-era auto emissions standards for almost all of his presidency. The president has reportedly surrendered and now aims to moderate fuel economy rather than a full-scale setback. The DOJ launched an investigation last September. A few months ago, the four automakers struck a deal with California to develop cleaner cars than Mr. Trump wanted.
“These fabricated allegations have been non-existent — the Trump administration has blatantly tried to prevent more automakers from joining California and agree ingenues to stricter emissions standards,” California Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement. It is a victory for anyone who cares about the rule of law and clean air. “
Both the DOJ and the White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment.