Critics of the Justice Department deal to free the Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou say it could blunt tools like sanctions and prosecutions.
After the attorney general said the Justice Department had not found voter fraud, pro-Trump personalities accused Mr. Barr of being part of a nefarious scheme against the president.
In a landmark antitrust complaint, the Justice Department is targeting a secretive partnership that is worth billions of dollars to both companies.
Any action would follow the Justice Department’s landmark suit this week against Google, as a bipartisan tech backlash ramps up.
Jeffrey A. Rosen, the deputy attorney general, said the Justice Department knew the company would use its many resources to fight the agency.
Even as the Justice Department sued Google, some antitrust experts wondered whether a different government response would be more effective.
In indictments against five Chinese nationals, the Justice Department described sophisticated attacks to hijack networks and extort universities, businesses and nonprofits.
The agency’s handling of the case stands in stark contrast to the antitrust investigation into Google by the Justice Department.
Attorney General William Barr’s attention to the Justice Department investigation shows the high stakes for the agency and for him.
The charges are the first in a Justice Department investigation involving several other major chicken producers.