Warren no longer blocking Trump antitrust nominee: report

Warren no longer blocking Trump antitrust nominee: report
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenOvernight Finance: Lawmakers grill Equifax chief over hack | Wells Fargo CEO defends bank's progress | Trump jokes Puerto Rico threw budget 'out of whack' | Mortgage tax fight tests industry clout Michelle Obama is exactly who the Democrats need to win big in 2020 Wells Fargo chief defends bank's progress in tense Senate hearing MORE (D-Mass.) is no longer blocking President Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump pens op-ed on kindergartners learning tech Bharara, Yates tamp down expectations Mueller will bring criminal charges Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax security employee left after breach | Lawmakers float bill to reform warrantless surveillance | Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open MORE’s nominee to head the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division, Reuters reported.

Warren on Friday reportedly lifted her hold and will allow the Senate to vote on Makan Delrahim’s confirmation. Delrahim was nominated by Trump in March.

The Massachusetts progressive met with Trump's pick earlier in September and they discussed his lobbying career and her concerns about political interference on antitrust decisions.

Warren has pointed to Delrahim’s nomination as an example of the Trump administration’s willingness to put the “interests of giant corporations ahead of the American people.”

The deputy White House counsel previously lobbied for Anthem in its attempted merger with Cigna.

Warren’s office and the White House did not immediately return The Hill’s request for comment.

The Massachusetts senator has expressed concern over Trump trying to influence corporate mergers and acquisitions, which he threatened to do on the campaign trail.

In the fall, Trump had said he would attempt to block AT&T’s pending $85 billion merger with Time Warner, which owns CNN. Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsIntel leaders: Collusion still open part of investigation Republicans jockey for position on immigration Biden to Alabama: No more extremist senators MORE has said that he will not let politics influence antitrust decisions.

The DOJ is still reviewing the AT&T-Time Warner merger, which the companies expect will be finalized by the end of the year.