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 Regulation: Net neutrality supporters predict tough court battle | Watchdog to investigate EPA chief's meeting with industry group | Ex-Volkswagen exec gets 7 years for emissions cheating Overnight Tech: Net neutrality supporters predict tough court fight | Warren backs bid to block AT&T, Time Warner merger | NC county refuses to pay ransom to hackers Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign MORE (D-Mass.) is no longer blocking President Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia 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.

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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 SessionsGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat House passes concealed carry gun bill Rosenstein to testify before House Judiciary Committee next week 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.