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Attorney General Jeff Sessions was grilled Tuesday by Democratic lawmakers about accusations that the White House played a role in the Justice Department’s reported efforts to require significant changes to the AT&T merger with Time Warner.
Sessions, testifying to the House Judiciary Committee, said in response that he would not comment on any non-public communications with the White House.
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The allegation that the merger approval process had been subject to political influence is particularly ironic because it was only five months ago that several Democratic senators penned a letter to Sessions urging the Justice Department to block the merger.
The group of Senators–which was led by Al Franken (D-Minnesota) and included Bernie Sanders, Sherrod Brown, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Al Franken, and Edward Markey–wrote:
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We are writing to urge the Department of Justice (DOJ) to closely scrutinize AT&T’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner. We have strong concerns that the combined company’s unmatched control of popular content and distribution of that content will lead to higher prices, fewer choices, and poorer quality services for Americans–substantial harms that cannot be remedied with unreliable, unenforceable, and time-limited conditions.
More recently, Franken wrote an opinion piece arguing that the merger is a “raw deal for the rest of us” that was published just one day before the news broke that the Department of Justice had asked AT&T to divest...
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