Government's holdup of AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner worries some

Government's holdup of AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner worries some

Speaking to reporters on Air Force One, Trump said he "didn't make that decision - it was made by a man who's a very respected person, a very, very respected person".

AT&T may be forced to dump CNN for the United States regulators to allow its proposed takeover of Time Warner to go through.

The Wall Street Journal has reported that Trump's son-in-law and a senior aide had told Time Warner's executive vice president of corporate marketing Gary Ginsberg to dump 20 percent of CNN employees over their alleged inaccurate analysis of the 2016 presidential election.

Nevertheless, a group of eight Democratic US senators on Friday wrote to Makan Delrahim, head of the Justice Department's antitrust division, urging the department "to oppose any attempt by the White House to interfere with antitrust law enforcement decisions, particularly for political reasons".

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AT&T has argued against selling off either company's assets, as it believes this would undercut the rationale for the tie-up.

AT&T Inc will not sell cable network CNN to win antitrust approval of its proposed $85.4 billion purchase of media company Time Warner Inc and will fight the government in court if a negotiated settlement is not reached, the wireless company's chief executive said on Thursday. "I do feel you should have as many news outlets as you can-especially since so many are fake". "We are prepared to litigate now", Stephenson told CNBC on the sidelines of the New York Times Dealbook conference. US President Donald Trump has repeatedly attacked the network for its coverage of his campaign and his administration, while he has publicly praised Murdoch's Fox News. The White House has also said that Trump has not spoken to Attorney General Jeff Sessions about the matter, nor were any White House officials authorized to speak to DOJ on it.

"We have been working very diligently on a litigation strategy and a litigation plan", he said, adding: "We would obviously ask for an expedited hearing".

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