Jeff Sessions Questions Reporting On AT&T/Time Warner Merger

AT&T suspects the White House is trying to interfere in its proposed $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner and is preparing to probe its role in the antitrust review of the deal that's presently threatening to block the merger, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday, citing sources close to the second largest wireless carrier in the country. In addition to the Department of Justice, the Federal Communications Commission is reviewing the deal. Delrahim, who supported Trump during the campaign and served nine months as a White House lawyer, is responsible for overseeing the AT&T transaction. The president said during his trip to Asia that the merger may go to litigation. According to Reuters, one of the parties allegedly interested in acquiring a spun-off CNN is right-wing media kingpin and Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch, which would raise its own obvious anti-trust issues as well as concerns the new ownership would try to make CNN's coverage of the president a little more fawning. "I do feel you should have as many news outlets as you can - especially since so many are fake". Then, he concluded: "I didn't make a statement, but I did make a statement long before".

Those communications or any with another third party are probably fair game, Waller said.

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The "decision" appears to refer to reports that the Justice Department would seek to block the merger, unless AT&T sold off assets perhaps including CNN, and the person that Trump highlights is likely Makan Delrahim, the antitrust chief at DOJ.

"This responds to your letters dated July 27, 2017, and September 26, 2017, in which you and other Members request the appointment of a Special Counsel to investigate various matters, including the sale of Uranium One, alleged unlawful dealings related to the Clinton Foundation and other matters", Sessions writes.

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