William Barr, President Trump’s nominee for attorney general, is already following in the footsteps of his predecessor Jeff Sessions. Barr has promised to recuse himself from the Department of Justice’s lawsuit to block the AT&T-Time Warner merger. This is according to a Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) announced on Friday that Barr, who served on Time Warner’s board until recently, gave her assurance of this move in a private meeting this week.
“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.”
This merger was approved last year by a federal judge after a six-week long court battle. The decision was appealed by the Trump administration, but it seemed too little too late because the two companies had already closed the deal.
Barr is not yet in his position as the new Attorney General. He will face significant questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee. His confirmation hearings begin on Tuesday. Most believe that he will be approved by the committee and fill the seat left by Jeff Sessions.
Do you support Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s position and this decision by William Barr? What are your thoughts about this merger, is the combination of AT&T and Time Warner too big of a monopoly? What do you think they could do with the power their companies bring to the table?
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Credit: The Hill