US: White House will not turn over documents on AT&T-Time Warner merger

On Tuesday, April 16, the White House rejected requests from the House Judiciary Committee to submit documents regarding any discussions the administration had with the Justice Department over the AT&T-Time Warner merger, according to Bloomberg.

In a letter, White House counsel Pat Cipollone told Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (Democrat – New York) and Antitrust Subcommittee Chair Representative David Cicilline (Democrat – Rhode Island) that the White House would not be supplying the documents that the lawmakers requested in a letter to the administration early last month.

Cipillone also wrote in his letter that “the president has an important role in the antitrust area” because of his constitutional duty to ensure the faithful execution of laws.

In a statement on Tuesday, Nadler and Cicilline said Cipollone “has made a blanket claim that all White House communications, regardless of whether they contain evidence of improper or even unlawful activities, are protected by a cone of secrecy.”

Full Content: Bloomberg, Jerry Nadler

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