President Trump's son-in-law and senior White House adviser Jared Kushner told an executive from CNN's parent company earlier this year that the news organization should fire 20 percent of its staff over their coverage of the 2016 election, according to a new report. "It was made by a man who's a very respected person, a very, very respected person". Delrahim, who supported Trump during the campaign and served nine months as a White House lawyer, is responsible for overseeing the AT&T transaction.
According to a Justice Department official, AT&T has offered to divest CNN.
The deal's holdup has raised suspicions of political retaliation - even from people who oppose the deal entirely.
Stephenson twice said the cable channel was not on the table. Speaking at the Dealbook conference today, AT&T CEO randall Stephenson confirmed that, saying, "I have never been told that the price of getting the deal done was selling CNN".
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"I do feel you should have as many news outlets as you can - especially since so many are fake", Trump continued, according to a pool report. And likewise I have never offered to sell CNN.
Trump told reporters that when it comes to the Antitrust Division review, that "it will probably end up being maybe litigation, maybe not". The deal, he said, would put "too much concentration of power in the hands of too few". He added that AT&T was also not willing to sell HBO or Warner Bros., which would also come along with Time Warner if the deal goes through.
Raj Shah, a White House spokesman, said in a separate statement that Trump "did not speak with the Attorney General about this matter, and no White House official was authorized speak with the Department of Justice on this matter". As the New York Timesnoted, Delrahim insists any decision would be made on the basis of protecting competition in the market rather than politics, though the intervention is a surprise given his "more free-market-oriented Republican views".