Rupert Murdoch contacted AT&T CEO twice about buying CNN

Government's holdup of AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner worries some

A White House official said Kushner didn't intend for the comment to be taken seriously and was only trying to make a point, according to the Journal, which reported that the remark "wasn't taken lightly" inside Time Warner.

However, according to the U.S. news site Wired, it's not clear whether the DoJ could successfully block the merger.

The Wall Street Journal has reported that Trump's son-in-law and a senior aide had told Time Warner's executive vice president of corporate marketing Gary Ginsberg to dump 20 percent of CNN employees over their alleged inaccurate analysis of the 2016 presidential election. "Throughout this process, I have never offered to sell CNN and have no intention of doing so", Stephenson said. His FCC appointees, for example, have changed a rule that will allow deeply conservative Sinclair Broadcasting - the new owner of WNEP-TV - to reach up to 72 percent of USA households.

First lady Melania Trump visits the Great Wall of China without president
USA first lady Melania Trump , right, walks along the Mutianyu Great Wall section in Beijing, China, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. She also shared what her time as first lady has been like at the one-year anniversary of her husband's election.

"I have never been told that the price of getting the deal done was selling CNN, period", Stephenson said at a conference Thursday.

"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. As a candidate, Donald Trump vowed to block the deal because it concentrated too much "power in the hands of too few".

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". AT&T also could use Time Warner's video to support its wireless business. Several Democratic lawmakers have also pushed back against the combination.

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Because he along with the owners of five other teams comprise the National Football League compensation committee. The move could set up a war between owners, with some backing Jones and others supporting Goodell .

In fact, a demand to sell DirecTV or Turner would be consistent with Delrahim's previously stated preference for "structural" changes to a deal, like selling off assets, rather than having the government monitor a company's promises to abide by certain conditions, as was done when Comcast bought NBCUniversal.

But sources said talks between the government and AT&T are ongoing in the hopes that an agreement can be reached.

"We have been working very diligently on a litigation strategy and a litigation plan", he said, adding: "We would obviously ask for an expedited hearing".

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