TOP HOUSE JUDICIARY & OVERSIGHT DEMS RENEW CALL FOR WHITE HOUSE-DOJ COMMUNICATIONS ON TIME WARNER MERGER

2018年5月15日
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TOP HOUSE JUDICIARY & OVERSIGHT DEMS RENEW CALL FOR WHITE HOUSE-DOJ COMMUNICATIONS ON TIME WARNER MERGER

 

华盛顿特区。 - 今天,由众议院司法和内部监督和政府改革委员会的民主党高层人士 致信 以司法部更新他们的 2018年2月8日请求 for documents related to AT&T’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner in light of new concerns raised by recent statements regarding President Donald Trump’s potential interference with the Department’s merger review process.  The 信 to 总检察长 Jeff Sessions from House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), House Antitrust Subcommittee Ranking Member David N. Cicilline (D-RI), and House 政府业务 Subcommittee Ranking Member Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA), requests any and all communications between the White House and the 司法部 on the matter.

“正如我们多次指出,在执法的政治干预事宜,包括反垄断执法是不可接受的,如果没有现代化的先例”的 会员写。 “尽管我们对有关此事的王牌政府的许多冲突的要求的材料一再要求,该部门尚未与任何相关信息提供的会议。”

3月1日,2018年,卡明斯和Connolly发送的 以董事长特雷·高迪请求这些文件的传票,但下降的Gowdy和 受阻 委员会成员来自于传票投票。  

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2018年5月15日

 

光荣杰夫会议

总检察长

司法部

200独立大道,SW

华盛顿特区。 20201

 

尊敬的先生。总检察长:

 

In light of deeply concerning statements regarding President Donald Trump’s potential interference with the Justice Department’s merger review process, we write to renew our 2018年2月8日请求 for documents relating to AT&T’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner.

 

Last week, AT&T confirmed it paid $600,000 to a shell company owned by President Trump’s personal attorney Michel Cohen.  The shell company reportedly was used “to pay hush money to a pornographic firm actress” and to accept payments from firms tied to known Russian oligarchs.  In its memo entitled “facts around AT&T & Michael Cohen,” AT&T admitted to hiring Cohen to provide insight on the President’s approach to policy issues including “antitrust enforcement, specifically our Time Warner deal,” which was under review by the Department’s Antitrust Division at the time.  Following this report, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated on Friday that the Department’s opposition to the transaction “further proves that the president is not going to be influenced by special interests,” and stated that “[t]his is the definition of draining the swamp that the president talked about in the campaign.”

 

当天晚上,朱利亚尼,一名法律顾问,总裁王牌,类似地讲总裁王牌“没有流失沼泽。 。 。总统否认合并。他们没有得到他们想要的结果。”上周日,先生。朱利安尼反驳他早些时候的发言,总统参与合并的决定,并指出,总统“没有与司法部与本案走在前面干扰。”令人不安的是,先生。朱利安尼还指出,“有充分的权利和权力”与拟议中的交易干涉总统,并称这是一件说:“其他总统在反垄断案件所做的那样。”先生。朱利安尼没有提供证据来支持他的说法。

 

正如我们多次指出,在执法的政治干预事宜,包括反垄断执法是不可接受的,如果没有现代化的先例。尽管我们与在这个问题上的王牌政府的争议很多材料一再要求,该部门尚未与任何相关信息提供大会。此外,众议院司法委员会2017年11月14日作证时,你被要求对此非常问题。你回答说:“我不能够在通话或通信司法部的高层人士与白宫高层人士评论。”白宫插嘴政治的外观到部门的执法问题大大削弱了公众对部门的独立性和公信力的信任。

 

在这些报告轻,并为原因如上所述,我们5月31日重申我们对下列文件要求,2018:

 

(1) all documents and communications, including email, referring or relating to the decision to sue AT&T, DirectTV Group Holdings LLC, and Time Warner Inc.;

 

(2) all documents and communications, including email, referring or relating to the Justice Department’s negotiations with AT&T, DirectTV Group Holdings LLC, and Time Warner Inc.; and

 

(3) all documents and communications, including email, identifying any contact between any employee of the White House or any official or unofficial adviser to the President with any 司法部 employee regarding CNN or the AT&T/Time-Warner merger.   

 

真诚,

 

 

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