"I did make a comment as to what I think", Trump acknowledged, appearing to reference previous remarks he had made on the campaign trail criticizing the AT&T deal.
Last week, Delrahim issued a statement in which he said that "no one from the White House instructed me as to this or any other transaction within the Antitrust Division's authority".
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, in response to reports that he initially suggested a sale of CNN to appease regulators, unequivocally denied AT&T would part ways with the news network.
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"The statements made on our earnings call were describing the factors that impact our business and we sincerely apologize to anyone that thought they were divisive".
Speaking about the merger review process more broadly, Sessions said: "Our work is professional".
For the moment, the DOJ has not taken any formal action: It's still reviewing AT&T's $86 billion merger proposal, though a decision is expected soon. (Mich), and David CicillineDavid Nicola CicillineMore than a dozen lawmakers put family on campaign payroll Bipartisan lawmakers propose regulating gun bump stocks Lawmaker pledges to donate brain to help research football injuries MORE (D-R.I.), urged committee chairman Rep. They also wrote that there has been "disparate" treatment of the pending merger of AT&T-Time Warner and that of Sinclair Broadcast Group's plans to acquire Tribune Media. The agency's struggles in approving the deal have sparked concern that President Trump, who has been critical of Time Warner subsidiary CNN, has pushed officials to block the deal.
She noted that during Delrahim's confirmation hearings, he said would not have any political interference. The first occasion on which he reflected on the matter in an official capacity as President came during his recent trip to Asia when he gave an ambiguous remark about AT&T's case possibly going to trial, noting how litigation still isn't guaranteed.
AT&T indicated it is prepared to fight an antitrust suit, but although analysts believe the company has a strong case, the discovery process could become complicated.
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