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 TrumpJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest 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 KlobucharMSNBC Climate Change Forum draws 1.3M viewers in 8 pm timeslot The two most important mental health reforms the Trump administration should consider Sanders searches for answers amid Warren steamroller 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.