AT&T may seek White House, DOJ communications on Time Warner deal

President Donald Trump listens to AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson during the 'American Leadership in Emerging Technology' event inside East Room of the White House in Washington, DC on Thursday, June 22, 2017.

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President Donald Trump listens to AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson during the ‘American Leadership in Emerging Technology’ event inside East Room of the White House in Washington, DC on Thursday, June 22, 2017.

AT&T will seek access to communications between the White House as well as Justice Department about the Time Warner deal if the government sues to block the $85 billion takeover, Bloomberg reports, citing sources.

The two companies declined to comment on the report. Representatives through both the White House as well as Department of Justice denied they had communicated about the deal.

“No one through the White House instructed me as to This specific or any additional transaction within the Antitrust Division’s authority,” Makan Delrahim, assistant attorney general for antitrust, said in a statement relayed to CNBC by the White House.

“The President did not speak with the Attorney General about This specific matter, as well as no White House official was authorized to speak with the Department of Justice on This specific matter,” Raj Shah, White House principal deputy press secretary, said in a separate statement.

AT&T announced the takeover last fall, however the deal has yet to close. Last week, reports alleged that will in order for the Justice Department to approve the sale, CNN might have to be sold. Critics have said the White House weighed in against the deal, noting that will President Donald Trump has often tweeted his criticism of CNN as a purveyor of fake news.

The Justice Department has pushed back on the allegation This specific might require the sale of CNN. A government official familiar with the discussions told CNBC that will in order for the deal to go through, the Justice Department has suggested AT&T sell its subsidiary DirecTV or Time Warner’s Turner Broadcasting unit, which owns CNN.

AT&T CEO as well as Chairman Randall Stephenson also said in a statement last week the company has “no intention” of selling CNN.

Read the full Bloomberg story here.

— CNBC’s Jeff Cox as well as Tae Kim contributed to This specific report.

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