Chinese phone makeris under investigation by the US Department of Justice, the Wall Street Journal reports. The investigation aims to determine whether Huawei violated US sanctions against Iran. It’s not clear what stage the investigation is in or exactly what allegations have been presented.
This isn’t the first time Huawei has been under the government’s microscope. Huawei’s relationship with the US in recent years has been in. Heads of the CIA, FBI and NSA all against purchasing Huawei phones in an open Congressional testimony in February, citing security concerns.
Retailers and mobile carrier partnerships including, making it harder for US consumers to get their hands on a Huawei phone. The company currently sells phones including the highly rated and in the US through Amazon, Newegg and other online retailers.
If the DoJ does find Huawei guilty of violating sanctions, it could mean criminal penalties and further difficulty making headway in the US market for the Chinese company.for exporting US tech to Iran.
Huawei did not immediately respond to a request for comment.