Attorney General nominee to recuse himself from AT&T-Time Warner merger talks

Attorney General nominee to recuse himself from AT&T-Time Warner merger talks
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William Barr, President TrumpDonald John TrumpDem lawmaker says Electoral College was 'conceived' as way to perpetuate slavery Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals to visit White House on Monday Transportation Dept requests formal audit of Boeing 737 Max certification MORE's nominee for attorney general, promised to recuse himself from the Department of Justice's lawsuit to block the AT&T-Time Warner merger, according to a Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
 
Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharCNN to host town hall with Cory Booker in South Carolina Howard Schultz to be featured in Fox News town hall The Hill's Morning Report - Dems contemplate big election and court reforms MORE (D-Minn.) announced on Friday that Barr, who served on Time Warner's board until recently, made the assurance to her in a private meeting this week.
 
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“As Ranking Member of the Antitrust Subcommittee and as someone deeply concerned about maintaining a marketplace that benefits consumers, it is critically important that the Justice Department is able to complete an unbiased review of the proposed AT&T-Time Warner merger,” Klobuchar, a critic of the $85 billion deal, said in a statement. “Given Mr. Barr’s ties to Time Warner, this commitment from Mr. Barr to recuse himself from the Department’s review is necessary.”
 
Last year, a federal judge approved the merger after a six-week long court battle. The Trump administration appealed the decision but not before the two companies closed the deal.
 
Barr will face the Senate Judiciary Committee for his confirmation hearings on Tuesday.