Kushner Chided Time Warner to Fire 20% of CNN Staff

Rupert Murdoch twice discussed CNN with AT&T CEO- and 'offered to BUY it'

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.

If AT&T and DOJ cannot agree to conditions, the government can sue to block the deal.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Kushner told Gary Ginsburg, Time Warner's executive vice president of corporate marketing and a former lawyer for the Clinton White House that "CNN should fire percent of its staff because they were so wrong in their analysis of the election and how it would turn out, people familiar with the matter say". Obama-era regulators in 2011 approved a similar media merger, cable company Comcast's purchase of NBCUniversal, after Comcast agreed to a slew of business requirements.

Speaking at a conference in New York, Stephenson disputed claims he offered to sell CNN to win approval of AT&T's takeover of Time Warner.

"I didn't make that decision", Trump told reporters.

In an email provided by a DOJ spokeswoman, White House spokesman Raj Shah said that Trump "did not speak with the attorney general about this matter", and that "no White House official was authorized to speak with the Department of Justice on this matter".

The wireless giant had previously said that it expected the acquisition to take effect by the end of this year.

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Trump did again raise the issue of news media consolidation. AT&T announced plans previous year to purchase Time Warner to create a juggernaut with more than 142 million mobile subscribers and a major player in pay TV broadcasting via DirecTV.

AT&T has argued against selling off either company's assets, as it believes this would undercut the rationale for the tie-up. Several Democratic lawmakers have also pushed back against the combination.

"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".

In court, AT&T would have the upper hand, said Geoffrey Manne, executive director of Portland-based think tank International Center for Law and Economics.

AT&T has long noted that "vertical mergers" - when one company buys another that isn't a direct competitor - are typically approved.

"The Department is committed to carrying out its duties in accordance with the laws and the facts", the agency said.

The DoJ has said it does not comment on ongoing investigations.

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