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 TrumpSenate GOP budget ignores Trump, cuts defense Trump says he'll nominate Stephen Moore to Fed White House: ISIS territory in Syria has been 100 percent eliminated 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 KlobucharAmy Poehler reveals which Dem candidates her 'Parks and Recreation' character might vote for Harris's stepkids call her 'Momala' Sanders joins striking workers at UCLA in first 2020 California visit 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.