Jeff Sessions Questions Reporting On AT&T/Time Warner Merger
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, testifying on Tuesday at a House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing, pushed back on recent reports suggesting the politicization of the government's review of the AT&T and Time Warner merger.
Last week, it was widely reported that the Department of Justice asked AT&T in a Monday meeting to divest Turner as a condition of winning approval, possibly owing to Donald Trump's distaste for CNN.
When asked specifically whether the Department of Justice has asked AT&T to divest Time Warner, Sessions said, "I don't think ... I'm able to accept as accurate news reports that have come out on that."
Speaking about the merger review process more broadly, Sessions said: "Our work is professional."
Speaking at an industry conference last Thursday, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson definitively ruled out the possibility of the company selling CNN as part of the deal approval process.