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4/17, 2:56 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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WH rejects request for docs on AT&T-Warner deal

The White House rejected a request from House leaders for documents on AT&T-Time Warner merger after it was reported that United States President Donald Trump tried to influence the Justice Department to intervene on the merger as he was against it because of his dislike of CNN, owned by Time Warner, The Hill reported.

White House counsel Pat Cipollone said in a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler and chairman of the Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust issues David Cicilline that the White House is "ready to work to accommodate all congressional committee requests for information related to a legitimate legislative purpose" but added that it cannot "provide the Committee with protected communications between the President and his most senior advisors that are at the very core of the Executive Branch's confidentiality interests.”

In a joint answer Nadler and Cicilline said that Trump's "unfettered discretion to use law enforcement as a political weapon" is "incompatible with our democracy" and added that as members of Congress they have "constitutional duty to conduct vigorous oversight of the administration to ensure that the President faithfully executes and enforces the law." "We will continue to pursue this matter," they added in the statement.

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