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Is Trump Behind DOJ’s Lawsuit Seeking to Halt AT&T-Time Warner Merger?

Nov 20, 2017  •  Post A Comment

After the U.S. Department of Justice followed through Monday on its widely anticipated lawsuit seeking to block the AT&T acquisition of Time Warner, AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson addressed reports that Donald Trump’s ongoing beef with Time Warner-owned CNN might be playing a role in the government’s resistance to the merger.

Deadline quotes Stephenson saying at a news conference after the lawsuit was filed: “Frankly, I don’t know [if the reports are true]. But nobody should be surprised that it keeps coming up.”

Deadline adds: “As to any potential settlement that lets AT&T keep CNN but implements any controls on the news network, he said, ‘Any agreement that results in us losing control [of CNN], either directly or indirectly, is a non-starter.’”

Stephenson appeared with attorneys including lead outside attorney Daniel Petrocelli, who fielded a question about whether the company would try to establish that the DOJ and the White House have been talking.

While he declined to specify the company’s strategy, Petrocelli said: “These things tend to come out,” adding that “it wouldn’t be good for the government’s case.”

5 Comments

  1. El Trumpo the clown playing games again … he hates CNN and their constant news keeping him on his toes … oh one more thing, there seems to be rumors brewing that pedophiles are now welcome to run for office … its part of Trumpo’s new initiative to abolish the age of consent for kids and adult perverts …

  2. Before you make comments about pedophiles, check out the film “Call Me By Your Name”. With the current climate, this may become the most controversial movie in a long time.

  3. I don’t know what the movie “Call Me By Your Name” has to do with pedophiles. This movie is about a romance between two young men, not an adult male trying to make time with 14-year old girls.

  4. Bo, do you peek behind the shower curtain looking for Trump every time you go in to use your bathroom?? It sure seems like he’s REALLY gotten into your head.

  5. Tim – The movie is about a 24-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy. Hollywood is handing this to the right wingers as a Christmas present.

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