U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) takes questions from reporters on January 29, 2020 in Washington, DC.Samuel Corum | Getty ImagesSen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, known as on the Treasury and Justice departments to launch a felony investigation into Twitter for alleged violations of U.S. sanctions in opposition to Iran. In a letter on Friday to Lawyer Basic William Barr and Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin, Cruz centered on the accounts of Ali Khamenei, supreme chief of the Islamic Republic, and Iranian Overseas Minister Javad Zarif. Twitter permits high Iranian leaders to have accounts on its platform, which Cruz mentioned violates sanctions in place to stop offering companies or items to that nation’s officers. Twitter is blocked in Iran. “The cohesion and legitimacy of our legal guidelines relaxation on their equal utility to all residents and entities, regardless of how giant or how highly effective,” Cruz wrote. “The Division of Treasury and the Division of Justice ought to examine what seems to be Twitter’s blatant and willful violation of IEEPA and E.O. 13876 by offering companies to Khamenei, Zarif, and different designated Iranian entities, and, to the extent acceptable, implement any violation by sanctions and by in search of civil and felony penalties.”IEEPA and E.O. 13876 consult with the Worldwide Emergency and Financial Powers Act and Govt Order 13876, which imposes sanctions, respectively.Axios first reported information of the letter. Cruz known as on Twitter to revoke the leaders’ entry in early February, although the corporate mentioned it was not violating sanctions.Twitter declined to touch upon Friday’s letter. The decision to analyze Twitter comes in opposition to the backdrop of an already tense week between the White Home and Twitter. Twitter fact-checked deceptive claims made by President Donald Trump on Tuesday concerning mail-in voting. The corporate additionally positioned a “public curiosity discover” on a tweet from Trump, later copied by the White Home, saying it violated its guidelines concerning the glorifying of violence.The White Home later pushed again on Twitter by declaring that Khamenei has an account, claiming Twitter “has decided that it’s going to permit terrorists, dictators, and international propagandists to abuse its platform.”Subscribe to CNBC on YouTube.