Warren no longer blocking Trump antitrust nominee: report

Warren no longer blocking Trump antitrust nominee: report
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTrump's SEC may negate investors' ability to fight securities fraud Schatz's ignorance of our Anglo-American legal heritage illustrates problem with government Dems ponder gender politics of 2020 nominee MORE (D-Mass.) is no longer blocking President Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out 'subversion' at VA 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 SessionsUnder pressure, Trump shifts blame for Russia intrusion Overnight Tech: Judge blocks AT&T request for DOJ communications | Facebook VP apologizes for tweets about Mueller probe | Tech wants Treasury to fight EU tax proposal Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand 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.